A super-rare breed of Alpine dingo pup has been discovered by a farmer and his son after being abandoned along a dirt track.
The pictures are adorable...
Is there anything better than a dog?
via: GettyThese adorable creatures are basically the best things on earth. If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps, a dog is guaranteed to make you feel better.
They are truly man's best pals.
via: GettyWhether they’re causing mischief, giving us those puppy eyes when they want a treat, or taking up the entire sofa, many of us couldn’t live without our furry friends.
Once you become a dog-parent, there's no going back...
In an age where the internet is so divided, there's one thing we can all agree on...
However, so many pooches are lost, abandoned or dumped - being left to fend for themselves.
via: GettyThis is a sad reality for way too many dogs out there.
Our furry companions weren't always by our side.
via: GettyIt is believed that the first-ever breed of dog was a large and toothy canine that lived around 31,700 years ago.
These types of dog are known as Paleolithic dogs...
via: GettyAnd they were around way before wolves were... we can't look at pugs the same again!
But as the years went on and dogs gradually became domesticated pets...
via: GettyWild dogs such as wolves, hyenas, dingos, coyotes, and foxes continue to flourish out in the wild... and they do not make suitable pets.
Sadly, many breeds of wild dogs now only exist in captivity...
via: GettyBut a recent discovery has gone and proven experts wrong with a certain breed of wild dog.
A rare purebred alpine dingo has been discovered in Victoria, Australia.
via: FacebookA farmer and son discovered the pup had been abandoned at just 6 to 8 weeks old, on a dirt track near where they lived.
At first, they thought it must have been a Koala, but on closer inspection, they realized the pup must have been left to fend for himself after his mother was culled.
via: FacebookThey decided to name him Sooty due to his unusually dark coat and in honor of the Australian bushfires. After ensuring the pup was ok, they handed him over to the Australian Dingo Foundation.
Dingos are usually mostly ginger in color, which is what threw them off at first...
via: FacebookAlthough in forested areas, Dingos fur can be a darker tan to black, like Sooty.
The experts thought Sooty must have been crossed with a domestic dog, but later found out he was purebred.
via: FacebookUNSW dingo genetics researcher Dr Kylie Cairns said: "Sooty shows no evidence of domestic dog ancestry and he is a further reminder that wild Dingoes do persist in Victoria."
Lyn Watson from the Australian Dingo Foundation founder said she is "incredibly overjoyed" with the discovery.
via: Facebook"For 10 years Victorians have been mislead to believe that Alpine Dingoes have virtually disappeared from the Victorian landscape," she said. "So to have another wild Alpine Dingo cub, testing as pure, randomly found just a year after Wandi Dingo, is an absolute miracle."
Watson said Sooty was "found in a zone where Dingoes are actively baited, trapped, and shot."
via: Facebook"It is likely that Sooty was orphaned and left to starve as a result of his parents being culled," she said.
Dingoes are a threatened species in Australia, which is what makes this discovery so incredible...
via: FacebookAlpine dingos in particular are most vulnerable as they live alongside the majority of the Australian population, which threatens their habitat and decreases their numbers.
It is estimated that there are 10,000 to 50,000 wild dingoes in Australia...
via: FacebookIncluding those found in desert and tropical ecotypes.