The Painted Dogs of Mana Pools
The new alpha female of the Nyakasanga pack, Violet, had a litter of puppies in 2019. Violet is Blacktip’s daughter and Tait’s granddaughter, the two famous competing alpha females from the BBC 2018 Dynasties Painted Wolf Series narrated by Sir David Attenborough https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06mvrr0
Violet was impregnated by Jiani, who was later killed in July of 2019 by another predator, most likely a lion. This was the last litter he fathered.
This is Violet’s first litter. She had seven beautiful and healthy painted dog puppies.
Puppies begin to wean at three weeks of age. The whole pack will regurgitate meat for them and continue to raise them if the mother should die.
Painted dogs have unique coloring including shades of red, yellow, brown, black and white.
The drought of 2019 made life very difficult for many of the Zambezi Valley wildlife. Seasonal rains brought welcome relief and are a sign of hope for the next generation of dogs.