Thailand is known for its beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. There are many different kinds of animals living there such as tigers, leopards, elephants, birds, fish and even snakes. Some of these animals live in the wild while others have been domesticated into pets or used for hunting purposes. However they all share one thing in common: They are not native to Thailand! These exotic creatures were brought here from other countries where they had never seen before.
The word “thai” means “land of the yellow river”. The name refers to the large number of small rivers flowing through Thailand.
Most of them are tributaries of the mighty Mekong River which flows through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The Mekong is a major waterway for transporting goods and people across Southeast Asia. It is also a vital source of irrigation for rice paddies in some parts of Thailand.
There are several breeds of dogs found in Thailand. They include the red jungle dog (also called the mountain dog), the black forest dog, the white tiger, and various varieties of otters.
All these species are considered endangered and their numbers have declined drastically due to habitat loss and poaching. The red jungle dog is the most common of these animals and can be found in large numbers near mountainous regions.
The otter is a small carnivorous mammal that typically inhabits coastal waters and river banks. Its diet consists mainly of fish, shrimp, crabs, frogs and aquatic plants.
Unlike most other carnivores, the otter has a relatively low body temperature and does not hibernate. Instead, it rests in a den or burrow most of the day and is active at night. The otters found in Thailand are mainly of the Old World variety which are mostly brown with white bellies. They have long bodies with short legs and webbed feet, and a long, thin tail used for swimming.
In the wild, otters live solitary lives except when mating. They make dens in mud banks for raising their pups.
Otters are territorial animals and will mark their territory by urinating, defecating or leaving bits of fur or skin from prey.
The otter is a playful animal and has been known to engage in antics such as catching water birds mid-flight and play fighting with other otters. It can also be a ferocious beast when it encounters a territorial intruder in the waters that it claims as its own.
Thai Ridgeback Dog Breed
The thai ridgeback is one of the older breeds of dogs. It is a primitive dog that has been bred for hunting.
In appearance, the ridgeback looks like a large hound dog with a distinct “ridge” going along its back from its head to the tip of its tail. This ridge was formed by a fold in the skin which contains extra cellular tissues.
The ridgeback’s face is fairly broad and the ears are triangular in shape. These dogs come in a variety of colors such as black, white, brown, tan and grey.
The tail is long and tapers to a point and the legs are muscular. The feet are rounded and compact with tough pads to help it move quickly while hunting. The ridgeback is an independent thinker at heart and can be stubborn at times. It is typically friendly with humans, but very aggressive with other animals. It makes a great guard dog.
The ridgeback hails from South Africa and was bred by the Bantu people who migrated to that country from Cameroon. They were used primarily for hunting because of their speed, endurance and innate drive to hunt.
The bantu people carried these dogs everywhere they went and they gradually spread throughout the African continent. They were selectively bred for specific traits and the ridgeback we see today has been a breed for at least 400 years.
The breed came to Britain in the 1800s and was first recognized by the English Kennel Club in 1885. It was later brought to the United States and recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.
During World War I, these dogs were used by the British to hunt German U-boats that were threatening merchant ships carrying vital supplies to Britain. The ridgebacks’ ability to quickly hunt down a U-boat and bark loudly to let their handlers know they had found one, made them vital in the effort to defeat the German submarines.
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