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Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

///Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

Guests at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, had front row seats to an unforgettable sighting of these adorable African wild dog pups that were just three weeks old when they made their first appearance out of the den. 

As they emerged from the den, our guests were able to capture some amazing photographs and videos of these little pups.

Some interesting facts about wild dog pups and breeding:

Wild dogs are cooperative breeders. This means that the pups are looked after from not only their mother, but also from other members of the pack.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

©Massimo Da Silva

In southern Africa, they are born from around late May through to June after about a 73-day gestation period.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

©Massimo Da Silva

The pups are born and raised in a den with their mother for the first three months. The mother stays in the den during this period and other members of the pack bring her food.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

©Massimo Da Silva

Around 10 pups are born per litter.  At this particular den at Makanyi Lodge, seven pups can be counted as they come out of the den.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

©Massimo Da Silva

Watch the video below to see the pups emerge from their den and feed from their mother:

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