They look so friendly (startrek.website)
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[-] [email protected] 106 points 7 months ago

Hot take (I'll accept my downward facing arrows, thank you), but people regularly vastly overestimate the safety and docility of "regular" dogs too

[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

You're absolutely correct. Any dog over about 10kg has the power to cause serious injury, especially to a child or other dog/pet. Greyhounds have a horrendous prey drive and will eat your cat in 2 seconds flat

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[-] [email protected] 90 points 7 months ago

If they don't kill you, they may steal your baby.

[-] [email protected] 113 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

And the media and courts will ruin the next 20 years of your life as we harass you over your dead baby.

Meanwhile dipshits on the Internet laugh about your dead baby 30 years later.

[-] [email protected] 45 points 7 months ago

Have you ever considered people make the joke because of Seinfeld and no inherent knowledge of the actual situation that took place in Australia?

[-] [email protected] 33 points 7 months ago

I came to the comments expecting Seinfeld references and am only just now learning it was a real thing.

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[-] [email protected] 18 points 7 months ago

Decades later authorities determined a dingo really ate the baby

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 7 months ago

40 years :( sorry

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[-] [email protected] 55 points 7 months ago

And then you’re vilified only to be proven right. What a horrific thing that poor family went through

[-] [email protected] 33 points 7 months ago

You know that's a true story, right?

Lady lost a kid.

Tropic Thunder may have taught me that, but I'll never not picture RDJ disguised as a dude playing another dude when I hear it.

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[-] [email protected] 65 points 7 months ago

This is actually something being debated in Australia. Until a few years ago, Dingoes were considered the same species as the regular dog Canis familiaris. Recent DNA studies have shown them to be distinct, however. So now there's Canis dingo. Only, Dingoes can interbreed with the regular dog, which normally is the test for them being the same species. Maybe that makes them a subspecies?

So, yeah - even we don't know what they are. If they were raised by humans, they are happy friendly doggos. If in the wild, then they're dingoes.

[-] [email protected] 29 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

It depends if their progeny can reproduce. A male donkey and a female horse can make a mule but mules are sterile.

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[-] [email protected] 18 points 7 months ago

Canis Lupus and Canis Latrans also can and do breed with Canis Familiaris. The ability to interbreed is one test for being the same species but not the only test. Libraries worth of books are out there on the subject and there are lively debate as to where animals fit in the taxonomy.

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[-] [email protected] 53 points 7 months ago

B...but...if not friends why friendshaped??????

[-] [email protected] 47 points 7 months ago

Don't go to Tasmania either.

Look at this cute guy!

I want to hold him and pet him and love him and- OH FUCK!

[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

That thing looks like a devil.

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 7 months ago

Aww, he's yawning 😍

[-] [email protected] 11 points 7 months ago

incomprehensible noises and spitting intensify

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[-] [email protected] 45 points 7 months ago

Do you pet random dogs on the street? No? Then you won't have any problems with Dingoes. Drop Bears on the other hand...

[-] [email protected] 34 points 7 months ago

There are countries where all dogs have owners (mostly on the other side of the leach) and you are always supposed to ask the owners before you pet them.

And then there are countries blessed with really cute street dogs that tend to turn tummy up when you're passing them. You're supposed to pet those randomly.

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[-] [email protected] 21 points 7 months ago

Fuck. A drop bear killed my uncle. Horrible creatures.

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[-] [email protected] 20 points 7 months ago

Yes? Mostly if they'll let me. You don't?

[-] [email protected] 24 points 7 months ago

One of my saddest days was waiting to cross a road and a car stopped Infront of me with it's passenger window open and a big Labrador hopped up and was face to face with me.

I excitedly asked the owner if I could pet the dog, as it was literally delivered to my face and she said no like it was a weird request. Thats stuck with me for half a decade already.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 7 months ago

I'm sorry for your loss. I will henceforth pet random dogs more often in your honour.

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 7 months ago

What? Of course I pet random dogs on the street. You don't?

I mean, I ask first, if they're with a human.. if not, well...

[-] [email protected] 33 points 7 months ago

Holy shit, that looks so much like my Shiba

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[-] [email protected] 26 points 7 months ago

Any wild creature bigger than a rat is an animal you should be cautious of. I mean, I wouldn't pet a wild rat, either, but I'm also not afraid one will attack and kill me.

Wild dog packs roam lots of countries in south-east Asia. Don't fucking go near them. They will try to seperate you from other humans and take you down for a snack.

So weird though when you see, like, a golden retriever in their ranks. The urge to go pet them is too strong. I did a lot of catching myself walking towards them when I was in thailand.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 7 months ago

The first half of your comment was good and then it devolved into nonsense. Thai street dogs don't eat people, the amount of fucking rubbish strewn everywhere keeps them fed.

Now will they bite you? Of course, it's a dog.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 7 months ago

Even a rat bite can have extremely nasty side effects

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[-] [email protected] 25 points 7 months ago

Everything in Australia can kill you

[-] [email protected] 14 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

Exhibit A: one of our children's TV presenters

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[-] [email protected] 23 points 7 months ago

I had a dingo. RIP Lucy girl

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[-] [email protected] 19 points 7 months ago

I'm scared. If it can fool Andy Warhol it can fool me.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 7 months ago* (last edited 7 months ago)

I had to look up if Warhol was killed by dingoes. For the also curious, he was not.

[-] [email protected] 29 points 7 months ago

I'd heard that one day he almost walked into a room full of them. But it turns out he dingo in there.

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

Maybe these are those skinwalkers my Australian friend talks about...

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[-] [email protected] 15 points 7 months ago

Why friend shape if not friend?

[-] [email protected] 13 points 7 months ago

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a friendly dingo!

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[-] [email protected] 12 points 7 months ago

My dog is actually descended from dingos. Part of their breed.

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 7 months ago

That shit's dingo.

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