Friday, August 10, 2007

Xingu the double-nosed dog

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Explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell spotted a rare breed of Double-Nosed Andean tiger hound, which has two noses in the village of Ojaki, on a recent trip to Bolivia.

The chairman of the Scientific Exploration Society said the dog, named Xingu, was "quite an aggressive little chap" who stood about 16 inches in height and loved salt biscuits but "wasn't a terribly handsome dog".

He had just produced a litter of puppies with a bitch that had a single nose. Two of their offspring had double noses, and two had the normal quantity, but the double-nosed pups died after three days.

Colonel Blashford-Snell first encountered a Double-Nosed Andean tiger hound called Bella (Xingu's mother) in 2005 when he was carrying out reconnaissance for this year's expedition in the area near Ojaki. Link

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