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African painted dog dies after another dog attacks her

November 26, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center says an African painted dog has died after another dog attacked her.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the dog, named Annie, had been brought to Topeka last Wednesday from the Bronx Zoo to be a mate for one of the zoo’s male dogs. The attack happened Saturday as Annie was being introduced to the other painted dogs.

Things went smoothly when Annie met the alpha male. There also weren’t problems when the next subordinate male was added to the mix. Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says problems arose when Annie was introduced to a third dog.

Zoo staff was watching the introduction and intervened. But Annie died Sunday after undergoing surgery.

African painted dogs are a critically endangered species.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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