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Waheela

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In the Late Pleistocene and Holocene Eurasia and North America the dominant predator was the grey wolf (Canis lupus). It was a type of universal predator that can hunt for a variety of species of animals - from fish and mice to large ungulates. in historical times it was the main competitor of the man, and between the two began a relentless war. The man drove the majority of wolf habitats, and undermined its food base, destroying the populations of large ungulates. and when it comes to hunting small animals , it had many competicion from foxes and martens representatives. As a result, the number of wolves has decreased to a critical level, and soon become extinct.

In Neocene the number of large animals began to increase gradually, and the open spaces of the Holarctic tundra released a new predator. It was a descendant of the arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), an animal has survived the Ice Age and the era of biological crisis. He was noticeably increased in size and become a predator of schooling. Thus emerged a new kind of canine - waheela . This animal is named after the mythical predator of Inuit folklore.
waheela - predator perfectly adapted to the conditions of continental climate with very severe winters. It is widespread in the vast territory - on the islands of the tundra along the coast of the Arctic Ocean in the north and crooked in the taiga. In the west of the range its distribution is limited to the swamps of Western Siberia.
It is a large predator, the wolf-like physique, but more massive, with a large head, short jaws and a high forehead. The height of an adult animal in the shoulder about 70 cm, and can weigh up to 60 kilograms. Thus, vahila comparable in size to the Pleistocene dire wolf (Canis dirus) from North America, and is superior to the large gray wolf subspecies. Winter fur is white, thick and long; summer is very short, gray with a bluish tinge, and black stripe from head to tail root.
waheelas lives and hunts in packs of 6 - 10 individuals. A flock of these animals represents a clan, linked by kinship through the father. Young females and a significant portion of the male leaves the clan, but every spring in the clan appears several unrelated young animals from neighboring clans. During the mating season, the clans can be combined in a large school, and in young animals have the opportunity to go to a neighboring clan.
In winter waheelas leads a nomadic life, chasing herds of herbivores. Its favorite prey are small species like snow harelope, but the animal can eat any food, if necessary - from rodents to the frozen carcasses of large herbivores. These animals are able to pass on the day up to 30 kilometers, chasing a flock. In the winter its paws are covered by very thick hair, which allows large animal to walk freely on the surface of the snow, almost falling. To spend the night and rest waheelasl dig a hole in the snow temporary, to be protected from wind and frost. In the bitter cold wind and snow animals fill up the entrance. waheelas breeding season is the summer . Lair of the animal - deep and wide hole. Usually waheels are trying to occupy and expand the already prepared hole, but if necessary, may dig themselves a den in a well-disguised place - usually under the roots of a tree torn up from the ground. The same lair can be used for several years. If there is too multiplying parasites, the animals can make a near new den, and do not use old burrows several years. Often in the old lairs settle young animals who have left the clan, and yet have not found a new place to live.
waheela female gives birth to 2 - 3 pups, covered with hair, but blind and deaf. Puppies remain a long time in the den. When they open their eyes and they start to hear the puppies begin to explore the world around them. While they are weak and helpless, one or two females left the den to protect and look after all the puppies clan. As they get older adult offspring waheelal fed young half-digested meat, and then regurgitate them for fresh meat. At the age of about 4 months, the young animals leave their burrows and begin to lead a nomadic life. At this time, keeping an eye on them "aunt" - one of the adult females of the clan, the mother of some of the young animals. Many young animals die in the first year of life. The life expectancy of adult animals rarely exceeds 15 years.

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