Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – J is for Jackal

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I’m joining in the Blogging Through the Alphabet series with Through the Calm and Through the Storm as well as Adventures with Jude. I will be having animals as my theme.

Here are my past posts in case you missed them:

A for Aardvark    B for Badger    C for Capybara    D for Dodo    E for Eagles  F for Falcons

G if for Giraffe  H for Hedgehog   I for Ibis

Today we will discuss the Jackal.

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Jackals are part of the canine family and are normally found in Africa, Asia and Europe. There are There are three species of jackals: Golden jackal, Side-striped jackal and Black-backed jackal. The golden jackal is the most common and is the one we will mainly discuss here.

They range from 15 – 20 centimeters at the shoulder and weigh 15 – 35 pounds. Their average life span is about 10 years.

They are built to maintain long distances of running. They are able to maintain 10 mph for very long distances. (I was unable to find anywhere what “long distances” meant.)

They are sometimes found in packs of 10 to 30 which they use mostly for protection. The majority of the time they hunt alone or with one other jackal.

Jackals are carnivorous (meaning they eat meat) eating mostly small mammals, birds and reptiles. They will also supplement their diet with insects, vegetation and fruit.

They are nocturnal meaning they sleep during the day and are awake during the night.

Jackals are very vocal and communicate using a loud yell or yap, growls and high pitched howls, particularly when prey is located. They will only take notice of the calls from their family and will ignore all other calls.

Jackals are territorial animals. They mark and defend their territory fiercely.

Jackals are monogamous, meaning they mate for life. The babies take about two months to be born at which time mom has 3 – 6 pups. Pups are born blind. They are fed regurgitated food and are weaned at four months of age.

This is really neat! Den sites are changed as often as every two weeks to help protect the pups from predators. At eight months, the pups are old enough to leave their parents and establish territories of their own. Often, young jackals return to help the parents raise another litter. With these little helpers, the next litter has more chance of surviving.

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning about these amazing animals as much as I did! Come back next week when we cover the letter K and learn about the Killer Whale.

Now go check out all the other posts of those who are joining in with Blogging Through the Alphabet. They can post this entire week so make sure to check back and see what has been added!

Enjoy the journey!

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3 thoughts on “Blogging Thru the Alphabet – Animals – J is for Jackal

  1. Tim January 4, 2016 at 10:25 am Reply

    Interesting! I actually thought the jackal was a mythical (or maybe extinct) creature. I didn’t realize they still existed!

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  2. Lynn Leaming January 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm Reply

    Interesting how many of God’s creatures in the animal kingdom mate for life! We as humans could learn from that. I wonder why God had the pups born blind and how long before they can see? Found it interesting that many come back to help raise the next litter. Who knew Jackals were familial? 🙂

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  3. cristischwamb January 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply

    I always thought jackals would look more fierce. I had to look twice at your picture to tell it wasn’t just a dog.

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