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Mystery (solved) Creature in Baltimore Suburbs

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:06 pm
The news link below has a film of the animal.

http://www.thewbalchannel.com/news/3545312/detail.html

I'm usually pretty good at identifying animals, but I can't figure this thing out.

http://images.ibsys.com/2004/0719/3545313.jpg

http://images.ibsys.com/2004/0719/3545319.jpg

It looks like a small dog, but with big upright ears (like an African Wild Dog). Most of it seems hairless except for facial hair and a mane of some type. It has a long tail (held down) with a bit of hair on it. Some of its movement seems hyena like, but it doesn't have the same short-rear-leg body style of a hyena.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:16 pm
For comparison, here is an African Wild Dog:

http://staff.washington.edu/timk/wildlife/mammal/african_wild_dog/african-wild-dog_01tk.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:17 pm
Here is a maned wolf:

http://www.growf.org/photos/aud-zoo-maned-wolf-2.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:19 pm
Hyena:

http://www.buddycom.com/animal/mammal/hyena.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:24 pm
Coyote:

http://www.andreavellani.it/images/statiuniti/coyote.jpg
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:26 pm
Looks like some kind of wild dog with mange.
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:31 pm
Very interesting.
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doglover
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:32 pm
This animal is causing such a ruckus in the community. I think the it's some type of hybrid. At any rate, I hate to see any animal running loose in the wild uncared for.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:38 pm
doglover wrote:
This animal is causing such a ruckus in the community. I think the it's some type of hybrid. At any rate, I hate to see any animal running loose in the wild uncared for.


Maybe someone just shaved their dog as a joke?

It seems to have small eyes and a very straight muzzle (no bridge between eyes and snout).

Of course, it would help if someone could get a decent picture of it Smile Blown up grainy photo's are very misleading.
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doglover
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:47 pm
rosborne979 wrote:

Of course, it would help if someone could get a decent picture of it Smile Blown up grainy photo's are very misleading.


LOL...those pics are pretty bad. They remind me of Big Foot, UFO and 'ghost' photos. Mr. Green
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Bella Dea
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 01:47 pm
I still think it is a dog with mange.

Exclamation Exclamation WARNING! Do not go to this site if you are easily offended or easily upset. This is a picture of a dead coyote with severe mange. Exclamation Exclamation

http://www.iowadeer.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl?board=coyotes;action=display;num=1073598310


It is so sad....animals should not have to suffer that way. Crying or Very sad
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:07 pm
Chinese Crested ... maybe one of these got loose and ran under a newly painted red fence?

http://www.mylongtimecompanion.de/chinese.gif
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:09 pm
Kristie wrote:
I still think it is a dog with mange.


I hope it doesn't turn out to be anything this sad (and simple).

The animal's behavior on film looks fairly frisky and healthy. Wouldn't an animal with severe mange be rather sickly in behavior?
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:10 pm
doglover wrote:
This animal is causing such a ruckus in the community. I think the it's some type of hybrid. At any rate, I hate to see any animal running loose in the wild uncared for.


Unless it's a wild animal. Right?
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smog
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:32 pm
I know that the DC area has been having coyote problems recently, so maybe this is just a hybrid animal of some sort. If ligers and tigons can exist, perhaps a "hoyote" can too.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:34 pm
maybe the video's been doctored?
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:43 pm
smog wrote:
I know that the DC area has been having coyote problems recently, so maybe this is just a hybrid animal of some sort. If ligers and tigons can exist, perhaps a "hoyote" can too.


I'm pretty sure that Hyenas and Coyote's are sufficiently different that they can't be interbred (they differ at the Family level). Lions and Tigers are much more similar to each other.

Hyena:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Hyaenidae
Genus: Crocuta

Coyote:
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Canidae
Genus:Canis
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smog
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:51 pm
You're right.

Perhaps a coyote and a wolf? I dunno. I'm not an expert on this topic, so it'd probably be best if I stopped conjecturing.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:51 pm
Aardwolf:

http://www.lioncrusher.com/images/aardwolf1.jpg
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 02:53 pm
smog wrote:
You're right.

Perhaps a coyote and a wolf? I dunno. I'm not an expert on this topic, so it'd probably be best if I stopped conjecturing.


Conjecture is fine. That's all I'm doing at this point. Smile

I'm also using it as a chance to explore the Canine/Hyena style predators. There are some interesting (and beautiful) ones (I've been posting them).
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