African painted dogs, when they’re grown, are graceful, formidable hunters. When they’re pups, though, they’re better at catching zzz’s than antelope. Enjoy this Oregon Zoo video about newborn pups, and good luck trying to count to see how many are in this litter!
The pups also look different from their parents- when the pups are born, their fur is dark with just a few spots, but by the time they’re adults, their coats lighten to an almost leopard-like pattern. But they’re highly social animals their whole lives. From a very early age, African painted dogs “whoo” call to each other to make sure they all stay in touch!