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Not a Deer, Wolf or Fox, The Maned Wolf is Fascinating

The Maned Wolf of South America looks like someone stitched together a deer, wolf and fox- it is certainly more than the sum of its parts. Its markings resemble those of foxes, but it is not a fox, nor is it a wolf, as it is not closely related to other canids.

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The maned wolf is the tallest of the wild canids; its long legs are likely an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.

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Fur of the maned wolf may be reddish brown to golden orange on the sides with long, black legs, and a distinctive black mane.

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The coat is marked further with a whitish tuft at the tip of the tail and a white “bib” beneath the throat.

The mane is erectile, and typically, is used to enlarge the wolf’s profile when threatened or when displaying aggression. Rare melanistic maned wolves exist,