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Jungle puppies caught on camera for the first time

Short-eared dog carries its puppy through the forest. These series of pictures are likely the first of their kind. | © National Geographic

Short-eared dog carries its puppy through the forest. These series of pictures are likely the first of their kind. | © National Geographic

Rare Amazon jungle dog caught on video into a jungle in southeastern Peru.

An ecologist working for a ecotourism company Rainforest Expeditions, Daniel Couceiro has a mission: to find out what happens with all the animals hidden in the forest.

He was shocked when he saw a ‘Short-eared dog’.

Walking these Amazonian trails, we are much more likely to see a jaguar or any other similar animal than one of these canines.

The goal is to ultimately improve conservation by learning where and how certain key species’ said the scientist.

Couceiro and his team located cameras on 77 square miles just to collect data about wild life.

While checking photos, they saw something that they never achieve before: A jungle puppy was walking among their cameras.

Atelocynus Microtis, the scientific name of this species, was delicately ferrying her puppies from one spot to another, maybe five of them in all. Couceiro says he never seen any images like these before.

It’s a great opportunity to study this species, a unique opportunity to study the maternal care of the babies, how the babies disperse’ – Leite-Pitman, Wildlife Veterinary Physician.

‘The Big Grid’, as the project is called, will continue for five more years since now.

By the end of five years, “we are going to have a complete mammal inventory,” Couceiro says.

The full video can be found HERE

SOURCE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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