Singing Dogs are Spotted After 50 Years of Not Being Heard in the Wild

Prepare your hearts for good news this 2020. The New Guinea dogs whose howl is likened to singing is back! It was thought that they were extinct. The breed was thought to only exist in captivity. But they were recently discovered by researchers in Papua Indonesia in 2016.

There are about 200 singing dogs in the whole world in various zoos and conservation centers. They descended from their kind that was taken into captivity in the 1970s. In later years, they started by collecting their blood samples while listing their physiological, behavioral, and demographic data.

They compared 70% genetically to the singing dogs in captivity according to the results that came out in 2020. It is the closest DNA relation there is in comparison to any other kind of dog. The New Guinea dogs in conservations have been inbred for generations, and they have lost genetic diversity. This, Elaine Ostrander, the paper’s senior author, was explained to CNN.

The singing dog is a rare dog breed with a signature melodious howl. It is marked by the pitch steadily rising and a finish characterized by high frequencies. Elaine Ostrander added that they would not want to see the animals giving such beautiful sounds of nature die out. Many people appreciated the discovery with sarcastic humor.

Image credits: Anang Dianto

Image credits: Anang Dianto

Image credits: Anang Dianto

Image credits: Anang Dianto

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