Even while the list of endangered creatures continues to grow, it seems that several previously thought to be extinct species have been rediscovered. An extremely rare old dog breed has been discovered in the wild for the first time in 50 years, and it is a sighting that should not be missed.
After more than 50 years of searching, researchers were finally able to reintroduce the New Guinea singing dog, which had previously been assumed to be extinct in the wild. As a result of the fact that just a handful of these dogs were kept in captivity, the researchers were absolutely taken aback when they discovered them in some isolated parts of Papua, Indonesia. These dogs, who are closely related to dingos, are well-known for their howling, which is both distinctive and musical.
A pack of 15 wild dogs was discovered near a gold mine in 2016, during an expedition organized by the New Guinea Highland Wild Dog Foundation. The study team returned a couple of years later to gather DNA samples and GPS data from this pack in order to compare it to the captive singing dogs. It was found that they share more than 70% of their DNA, which means they are very close relatives.
They appear to be most closely related to a population of conservation biology New Guinea singing dogs that were descended from eight dogs that were brought to the United States many, many, many years ago, Elaine Ostrander, a geneticist at the National Human Genome Research Institute in the United States and co-author of the paper, told CNN.
“Singing dogs from New Guinea are quite unusual. They have a unique appearance. The fact that they have this lovely harmonic vocalization that you can’t find anyplace else in nature is a bad thing for the species as a whole. “We don’t want to see this (species) become extinct,” Elaine remarked in more detail.