Small puppy dropped by an eagle turns out to be Australia’s rare endangered wild dog species


One day, an Australian girl named Jayne Guiney found a small animal hiding and crying in the garden of a backyard in north-eastern Victoria.

The animal named Wandi was discovered in August at Wandiligong, Victoria, and is thought to have been dropped there by an eagle as there were injuries at the back of the small animal.

“I woke up that day and went out and I heard a moan behind the house, I glanced towards the back of the house and I saw a small animal right at the edge from my three-meter cliff,” said Guiney.

However, the girl was unsure if the animal she’s seeing is a fox or a dog.

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After looking after the animal for 24 hours, she took the animal to the Alpine Animal Hospital and did a DNA test.

“He was a puppy when he was brought to us, so about eight to ten weeks (of age). He had a mark on his back (from what is believed to be an eagle’s claws) and there were no other pups nearby. The resident hadn’t heard any (other animals) calling. So he was just a lonely little soul sitting in a backyard. He was adorable, serious puppy cuteness. No fear of people at all. He was quite calm about the whole process,” said Veterinarian, Dr. Bec Day.

The hospital undertook DNA testing on Wandi to determine his breed then moved to the Australian Dingo Foundation’s sanctuary while the results were pending, as the small animal is believed to be a dingo (Australian wild dog). The sanctuary sits at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria and breeds pure dingos.

After the DNA test, the small animal indeed turned out to be a purebred dingo, an endangered species in Australia that is in danger of extinction in the country.

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“The DNA testing takes a couple of weeks, so we’ve just had to tread water. He was introduced to the sanctuary during that time. And now that the results are back, he can be used as part of their breeding program,” said Dr. Bec Day.

As the result comes out, Wandi becomes an essential complement to the foundation’s breeding and conservation program. Since being transferred to the Australian Dingo Foundation sanctuary, Wandi appears to fit in perfectly and even made new friends.

The director of the Australian Dingo Foundation, Lyn Watson, with two dingoes at her dingo research and discovery center at Toolern Vale in the Victoria countryside. 

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“Wandi has a little playmate his same age because he has been born at the perfectly right time for dingos in winter. He has tamed quite nicely. Whilst he is wild and always will be, he has become quite happy here and he likes the people that are caring for him,” said Watson.

“He is just amazing to watch,” said Watson.

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“We are really excited to have him — not only to observe the way he develops but also how he behaves right next door to the dingos that are bred here,” added Watson.

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Wandi is now happy in its new home and the foundation is also determined to make sure that this beautiful dingo won’t go extinct any time soon.