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MEET A DINGO

Digger the Desert Male

Digger

From a wild start in life, Digger had quite a tough beginning. 'Survival of the fittest' suits Digger well.

Born in the remote heart of Australia in the Northern Territory on 8 Aug 2004, he is a wild born pure desert dingo pup.

He was rescued as a pup from the wild. His mother fled when she was disturbed by tourists whilst whelping a litter of pups near an isolated tourist destination called Chambers Pillar. Digger was found still in the sac and taken to the nearest animal shelter.


At first he was placed with a domestic dog that had a fresh litter of pups and he was raised by her for the first few weeks of life.

He was then handed into the care of the Australian Dingo Conservation Association [ADCA] and was sent by plane to Canberra and then driven another five hours to the Colong Colony in NSW. Here he would spend the rest of his life.

He really was a wild born pup. He had no dingo etiquette at all. We could tell by his crazy behaviour that he lacked  all the socializing skills that only a dingo parent can teach a pup.

Digger was a real handful up until after adolescence when his behaviour and personality finally started to settle down.

He would hard nip very dominantly and scratch and bite and inflict bruises and scratches and jump non-stop each time we handled him. It  was difficult at the time but persistence and patience paid off eventually.

Every breeding season he would also challenge all our management practices and was more than a handful to manage in captivity.

DiggerDigger was the first of the wild born genes of desert type to come into captivity and it took six years  before we could obtain a pure desert type female to breed  him with.

Eventually a pure desert female came into ADCA's care and the desert pair bred in 2008 producing two females, one white female and one ginger, and two ginger males.

Straight after breeding Digger had to be separated out from his female companion and pups as he was still very food orientated and very dominant over any dingo he was with. Digger was housed in a pen beside the mother and pups and not with them, just as a safety precaution.

These days he has settled somewhat and quite happy where he lives. However, he is still a very dominant male who does not like visitors. He displays this by being very vocal and  loudly intimidating, reminding  others that it is his territory only and he is not prepared to share it.

He can be handled now without trouble, but if you stand still long enough in his pen he will proudly mark you with his urine.

Until we meet our next dingo, happy reading!

Amanda [Colong]