Friday 22 September 2017

It's a dog's life as seven pups join zoo family

One of the seven new African painted dogs plays in his enclosure. Photo: Patrick Bolger
One of the seven new African painted dogs plays in his enclosure. Photo: Patrick Bolger
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Seven painted dog pups are Dublin Zoo's latest addition.

African painted dogs are an endangered species, so the arrival of so many pups is of "great significance", according to care team leader at the zoo, Helen Clarke.

The proud parents keep a watchful eye on their new brood. Photo: Patrick Bolger
The proud parents keep a watchful eye on their new brood. Photo: Patrick Bolger

The dogs were born five weeks ago, but have only just been taken out into the open by their mother after spending a number of weeks underground.

As the mother prepared for the birth she created a deep burrow in the ground, which made it difficult for the care team to assess the situation. Newborn pups don't open their eyes for around three weeks and it is only at that point the mother will bring them above ground. African painted dogs have a unique coat pattern that makes them easily recognisable.

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