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Stray Puppy Found in Australia Turns Out to Be a Rare Breed of Endangered Dingo

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“I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m a 100% rare Australian Alpine Dingo.”

Every hero features a backstory, and for the puppy “Wandi,” it began in August when he dropped from the sky in Wandiligong, Australia. After some crying, Wandi was eventually discovered hiding during a resident’s backyard. Besides finding him incredibly cute, locals were mystified by the puppy—was he a fox or a dog? The day after being discovered, Wandi was delivered to the Alpine Animal Hospital, where veterinarians immediately conducted DNA testing. This lost puppy appears to be a 100% rare Australian Alpine Dingo.

According to veterinarian Dr. Bec Day, who attended Wandi when he was first brought into the animal hospital, the marks found on his back were likely thanks to being carried by an eagle—explaining why the pup was found alone. Fortunately, for small Wandi, that’s all close to change. While his DNA test results were pending, Wandi was carefully transferred to the Australian Dingo Foundation‘s sanctuary, which rests at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges in Victoria.

Though he was initially brought there as a precaution—since Wandi has been officially classified as a rare purebred—the sanctuary is hoping he can become a valuable a part of their breeding program. There are three sorts of dingoes in Australia—tropical, inland, and alpine—but it’s only the alpine that’s endangered. Australian Geographic also warned during a 2011 article that there’s an increased potential of the extinction of purebred dingoes, as most found in east Australia are a minimum of 50% puppy . that’s why the invention of precious Wandi is so meaningful for the Australian Dingo Foundation and therefore the way forward for their breeding program. In the meantime, however, the remainder of the planet can continue watching the dingo pup get older on his Instagram.

A stray puppy was found in an Australian resident’s backyard. After taking a DNA test, it had been revealed that this adorable pup is 100% Australian Alpine Dingo—a species susceptible to extinction.


Now, the purebred wild dog Vandy lives in the wild dog exploration reserve.


You can now follow all of Wandi’s adventures on Instagram.