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Clever girl?: an observation of innovative prey handling by a dingo (Canis dingo).

Linda Behrendorff


Predators often exhibit highly intelligent and adaptable hunting techniques to subdue large prey, however these events are rarely captured. Here I report an infrequently seen occurrence of a dingo (Canis dingo) utilising waves on the eastern beach of K’gari (Fraser Island) to entrap, tire and deliberately drown an adult swamp wallaby (Wallabia bicolour). This behaviour highlights an adaptive technique for innovative prey handling by a single dingo to achieve an outcome that would usually take two or more animals under normal conditions.

PC17044  Accepted 18 February 2018

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