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June 03, 2004

A Job for BigWig

Okay, BigWig, identifier of creatures weird and mysterious. Here's a task for you. See if you can identify the critter in this story. Wait! It's a ... : Unidentified creature stumps experts.

Posted by Kehaar at June 3, 2004 09:03 AM | TrackBack
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It looks like a coy-dog. A female that recently whelped.

Posted by: Jim at June 3, 2004 09:41 AM

Looks like a dog and fox had a love session or something. It does look like she(?) might have just had a few pups though. The neck just seems rather long though from shoulders and up for pure dog. The neck looks like there is a little bit of whitetail in it. Quite interesting though.

Posted by: Mason at June 3, 2004 09:48 AM

Seems large for a Coydog, Jim. Looks like there's some African Wild Dog in there to me.

Posted by: Bigwig at June 3, 2004 10:17 AM

It's hard to tell the size without a decent reference in the frame and the lightsource distorts the distance perspective pretty badly. It looks like there are a couple of Dutch Clover blossoms in the grass and it looks otherwise a bit ragged but not too bad. Maybe a week overdue for a cutting. Looks like fescue grass so that would make it around 3 inches or so. Since the grass is half way up the hock at around 3 inches you can place the height at the withers to around 18 inches.

I'm going to make my official guess as coy-dog, greyhound mix, female, post-whelp, with advanced stage sarcoptic mange.

Posted by: Jim at June 3, 2004 01:10 PM

Coy-dog? Is that short for a coyote and dog mix? Makes more sense to me after the light went off upstairs. Just hadn't heard that before. With the proliferation of coyotes in NC, I guess we'll be seeing more of this stuff. As long as they don't start having 2 heads I guess we'll be ok!

Posted by: Mason at June 3, 2004 01:28 PM

Yup, coy-dog just means coyote/dog. Think of them as the canine world's answer to feral cats.

Posted by: Jim at June 3, 2004 01:39 PM

Canis Photoshopus?

Posted by: Stephen at June 3, 2004 03:48 PM

Stephen, I am beginning to wonder about that myself...and I work for the paper that published the article! From looking at the photo, you've got a feline style tail, a deer-like body and a racoon or doglike head. I also noticed that, whereas it appears to be somewhat canine in nature, it was drawn to dried corn that was thrown out in the yard. Tell me any dog or dog-like creature that's going to eat dried corn.

The article does take pains to mention the supposed development of film, but I wonder...

Posted by: Kehaar at June 3, 2004 03:54 PM

Nice point on the corn issue and eating. However, I know dogs will eat about anything as mine will sometime show a preference for his own shit! UGGH!! Not uncommon for dogs though. I wonder really how much of an attraction dry corn would be? Not much smell there. I did use a slightly aged dry corn and Karo syrup mix in my younger days for trapping coons and muskrat. Worked like magic!! How about a red bone coon dog and coyote mix?

Posted by: Mason at June 3, 2004 04:25 PM

Dogs will eat the shit of predators, because it's still pretty high protein. Their own, other dogs', cats', etc.

Posted by: Kris Hasson-Jones at June 4, 2004 02:52 PM
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