Four Bush Dog pups were born on July 14 at Sweden’s Kolmården Zoo. The two male and two female pups have spent most of the past month in the den with their mother Salma, but are gradually starting to venture out. In another month, they should go into the viewing enclosure where they can be seen by zoo visitors.
Native to Central and South America, Bush Dogs live in packs and hunt cooperatively. They feed on large rodents like pacas, agouti, and capybaras. They prefer to live in open forests, but may also live in pastures.
The Bush Dogs’ closest relatives are thought to be Maned Wolves. Bush Dogs are not threatened, but they are becoming rarer throughout their range.
See more photos of the pups below the fold.