Fam­ily con­tin­ues to thrive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

A LIT­TER of wild hunt­ing dogs whose mother died shortly af­ter giv­ing birth are do­ing well al­most a year on. Six pups sur­vived an emer­gency cae­sarean per­formed at Port Lympne wild an­i­mal park, near Hythe, al­though their mum Tu­nis died six hours later from a chest in­fec­tion. The pups re­ceived round the clock care from keep­ers at the park and are now healthy and en­joy­ing life. Richard Barnes, head of the park’s car­ni­vore sec­tion said: “Nor­mally, in the wild and with the loss of the mother, the rest of the pack would not have been able to raise the pup­pies. “Al­most a year since their birth it’s good to see that they are thriv­ing. It’s amaz­ing when you look back at how much they have grown.” Port Lympne has been home to hunt­ing dogs, an en­dan­gered species, since the early 1970s.

Pic­tures: Dave Rolfe

What a dif­fer­ence a year makes – now the dogs are do­ing well

One of the lit­ter of pups a year ago

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