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1952 – ‘Ronin, Alpha Male’… Ronin used to put on awesome displays of dominance, but he never once hurt me. He was a very shy alpha male that was able to scare off other dingoes with a glance, but had a deep instinctive fear of humans. I was the only human Ronin ever trusted. He was never involved in any incidents but seems to have been destroyed, according to Government media statements*.
2007 – ‘Ronin and Shiloh’. It is the father’s job to chastise the pups and teach them the laws of dingo society. Sometimes this was difficult to watch, but I understood that Ronin had his reasons. Shiloh was eventually run over by a car before she was 12 months old.
3125 – ‘Coconut asleep’. I called her Coconut because the first time I saw her, she was playing with a coconut that was almost the same size as she was! Sadly, Coconut was murdered by Ronin after she was tagged.
3169 – ‘Bundy, I can see myself in your eyes’. Bundy was the alpha male pup, but he was very gentle. This photo was taken on the last day of his life. Bundy was murdered by Ronin when he was tagged.
4499 – ‘Vanishing Icon’ book cover. This is Kirra and Ronin on the day they mated in 2008, during the ‘afterglow’. You can clearly see their affection for each other.
6221 – ‘Blue Eyes’. Some dingoes’ eyes glow blue in the spotlight, and others’ glow green. KJ was a brave little warrior, but she never made it through to adulthood.
6298 ‘Pepsi eating echidna’. Little Pepsi affected me more than any dingo pup I even knew, purely because of her determination to live. Here, she tries to get some nourishment from an echidna skin, but there is no nutrient left in it. Pepsi died when she was 3 months old, from starvation.
6492 – ‘Secret Puppy Business’. These pups seem to be having a discussion via mental telepathy… however the way they are staring at each other is actually an invitation to play. In the next moment after this photo was taken, the two pups to the right burst into a sudden game of chasey.
6682 – ‘Shiloh’. Shiloh had beautiful distinctive long white socks. She also had a distinctive personality; she was very shy! I will never forget this moment when she eased closer to me and stared at me quietly for the first time.
7312 – ‘Kirra regurgitating for Mintie’. At this stage Pepper, Pepsi and KJ had died, and out of the remaining pups, Minite was the smallest. Kirra regurgitated for Mintie until he was 6 months old. FI dingoes try their hardest to make sure that all of their pups survive. Mintie died shortly after this photo was taken.
8538 – ‘Mintie eating bandicoot’. What a privilege it was to be able to see things like this in the wild. Kirra delivered 1 bandicoot carcass and 1 echidna carcass to the pups a week, and Ronin delivered food to them as well. Both parents regurgitated for them every day.
8673 – ‘Quiet Moment with Mum’. Kirra was very affectionate and enjoyed many of these quiet moments with her pups.
8809 – ‘Maxi in the straw’. Maxi was the largest of the female pups, and was the only pup to survive this season. Maxi disappeared just before Kirra whelped her next litter, which was catastrophic for Kirra. Dingo bitches need at least one pup from the previous litter, to help raise the new pups.
9160 – ‘Pepsi waiting for food’. Pepsi was the lowest ranking puppy, and as such, was the last to have a turn at the food. Subsequently, she spent a lot of time lying quietly, waiting for a turn that most times, never came.
9230 – ‘Three pups in den’. These cheeky little alpine puppies are fat compared for FI dingoes of the same age!
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