We are well aware of wolves. However, most of us might not have heard about ‘maned wolf’. A video of one such creature, who is neither a fox nor a wolf has gone viral and the internet is too stunned.
In a video shared by internet user Reg Saddler on Twitter, the animal is seen crossing a street calmly. The weird part is that the animal appears to be a wolf at first glance and then if one looks closely, it appears to be a fox. However, it belongs to neither category. Amused by the same, the user captioned the post as, “Does anyone know what the heck this is?!”
Does anyone know what the heck this is?!
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— Reg Saddler (@zaibatsu) December 3, 2022
The post has received two million views since being shared. Many Twitter users were stunned to witness such an animal. Some people thought that it’s a hyena while others called the video fake.
One user said, “Looks fake, the dark fur on the neck keeps appearing and disappearing.”
Someone took a guess and said, “It looks like a jackal hybrid with another canine mammal… maybe hyena or coyote.”
The video was reshared by a Twitter page Fascinating where they claimed the animal to be a ‘maned wolf.’ As per Britannica, the species is a rare large-eared member of the dog family found in remote plains areas of central South America.
The maned wolf is characterised by an erectile mane, long reddish-brown fur, extremely long blackish legs, and a fox-like head. The maned wolf is a nocturnal, solitary species that preys on tiny animals, insects and plant matter. It often stays away from people.
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