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July 28, 2004

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Barney the White House dog after a shave?

Looks like a hyena to me. It could just be a mangy dog, I suppose.

A vet was speculating somewhere that it's a fox with Cushing's Syndrome. Can't find the link.

Here's the link.

Coyote with mange is my vote. More mange photos here.

Looks rather large for a fox. It does look like a hyena, though. The hyena-coyote mix theory is probably wrong, because unless something really odd has happened, hyenas and coyotes can't breed. A hyena is much more closely related to a meerkat than it is to a coyote.

An emaciated capybara, perhaps?

Slarti, foxes can get bigger than a lot of people tend to think of them as being. That actually looks about the right size for a large Maryland fox; I've even seen a few that were larger than the photographed animal. It's the right shape to be a fox, too, from what I can tell.

Caitlin, I tend to discount the coyote theory if only because I don't think we have coyotes in Maryland. ;)

The only state that has no coyotes is Hawaii. Blame bridges across the Mississippi and the extermination of the wolf.

Whatever it is it doesn't look well.

Dave: Huh. I knew we had mountain lions, but I didn't think we were coyote-infested. :)

Supposedly we DO have coyotes in Maryland now, actually, though you'd think, that being the case, one would have had the decency to take care of my cat by now. And it could be someone's escaped hyena, I suppose. In either case, mange or some other hair-destroyer seems implicated.

But how bad does the reporting in the link suck, huh? I mean, that's really really bad. The local channel doesn't show the video to, I don't know, a zoologist or something? A park ranger? Someone who gets Discovery HD? I mean, what the fvck, huh?

"Supposedly we DO have coyotes in Maryland now, actually, though you'd think, that being the case, one would have had the decency to take care of my cat by now."

Don't joke--they actually might. Happened to my in-laws in Northwest Connecticut.

In either case, mange or some other hair-destroyer seems implicated

I can attest to the fact that mange isn't necessary. Middle age produced nearly the same result for me :)

When I watched the video, I saw it as a cautionary tale about disposing of controlled substances where rats or puppies or (?) might find them!

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