A Falklands Wolf in London

On November 21st 1868, the Illustrated London News reported that various animals of interest had appeared for the first time in the Zoological Gardens at Regents Park. Four of them had never previously been brought alive to Europe - one of these four was “the remarkable wolf-like canine of the Falkland Islands”.

 

alt“The Canis antarcticus is a somewhat fox-like wolf which is peculiar to the Falkland Islands. Its limbs are rather short, and it has constantly a white-tipped brush of moderate length. The eyes are of a peculiar light colour imparting a curious expression to the visage. It burrows like a fox or jackal, but it is not a nocturnal animal; wandering about a good deal by day, though more in the evening. It is found in greatest numbers near the sea coast, where it subsists on penguins, young seals, or whatever other prey it can find; while inland (as remarked by Mr. Darwin) it must resort mainly to the upland geese for its habitual fare…

…These wolves do not go in packs, and they are generally very silent, except during the breeding season. They did not bark at the time that Mr. Darwin visited the islands; but it is a highly noteworthy fact that they have since learned to do so, probably from the example of domestic dogs introduced by the colonists.”

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