Mystery Dog Found Atop Africa’s Highest Mountain

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Scientists and animal lovers alike are baffled by the discovery of a mysterious stray found perched atop Africa’s highest mountain peak.

At over 19,000 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is known for inhospitable conditions: freezing winds sweep across desert-like stony plains, making survival by any species unlikely. Which is why four tourists guided by Ahsante Tours were in disbelief when they spotted the dog on Uhuru peak.

Antoine le Galloudec says he found the dog under unusual circumstances, but could not help but grab his cell phone to get a picture. In an email to The Citizen Daily, Galloudec said he spotted the dog while answering the call of nature. “As I was relieving myself I saw the dog lying about one metre away from where I stood on a rock,” he said.

Galloudec grabbed his cell phone and captured the image: now area scientists are trying to understand how the dog is able to survive in such a punishing environment, and how it made its way to the peak of one of the biggest mountains in the world.

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  1. And someone please explain to me why they did not save this dog ? What kind of person leaves a poor helpless dog there of all places. I wouldn’t even leave a dog alone in a backyard never mind a place where no one is supposed to survive ?

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  2. I would hope someone had the sense to save this dog, and that they didn’t just leave it there. Follow-up is needed on this story.

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  3. I think that someone, some really foolish person took the pup with them up there and then left it behind, not long before these people found it. AND I too hope that they took the dog with them when they left….. BECAUSE if the conditions are as you say… he won’t survive. Think about it.

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  4. Obviously the dog can survive on it’s own. Why does it need saving? It doesn’t look skinny or malnourished. It’s called nature….

    Pretty cool the way animals can adapt. 🙂

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      • What about dingoes in Australia or Cape Hunting Dogs in South Africa? While I don’t know the specifics of THIS dog, there are plenty of small mammals like mice and rock hyraxes and reptiles this dog could eat. Did he follow the people? It doesn’t sound like he wanted to be saved. Village dogs in Africa are mostly not kept as pets and thus not frequently fed but must scrounge for their own food. I don’t think this is someone’s beloved pet.

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    • seems to me ur as stupid and heartless as the idiot who left the pup behind to die on its own….better not to comment than leaving these senseless words…guess that’s why u remained anonymous

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      • seems to me ur as stupid and heartless as the idiot who left the pup behind to die on its own….better not to comment than leaving these senseless words…guess that’s why u remained anonymous

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    • I agree, I think it is easier for the majority of dogs to survive with their people. If he was malnurished or injured, yeah, okay. If he was healthy & didn’t want their help, I kinda hope they left him alone!

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        • Wow… you’re stupid? That’s a really well thought out reply to this person’s argument. Many dogs in Africa are raised to hunt for food themselves and be individual of their owners, leaving for days at a time. If this dog was hurt or malnourished I’m sure that the person would have tried to coax it down. There are a lot of different scenarios as to why that dog got up there, how it’s surviving, and why it should be or shouldn’t be left in it’s new habitat, so I wouldn’t be so quick to judge. Who knows if it was even fully domesticated at one point?

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          • Thank you! While the people on this thread have kind hearts, it’s obvious they don’t understand the place of dogs in the common African village. They are not pets as we know them, especially in he bush. They are kept outside, sleep outside. They don’t lie on he couch and watch TV. They are more like ranch dogs here than house dogs. Their domestication only extends so far and is not as you think of it.

  5. A part of me can see why they would not disturb the dog. He has known only this area for his survival. Your liable to cause damage to him by removing him. It’s obvious the area is accessible so I’m sure now that he will get the help he needs, if he even needs help. People need to give dogs credit, they know how to survive without human intervention. I’m sure he’ll get what he needs and may stay on his on mountain, if my dogs were “lost” I’d prefer them to be in a terrain that they can survive on vs a busy city street or neighborhood..etc.

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    • Agree with you. Not all dogs must stay at human home. There;s a big difference between living with nature and stray in big city street

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    • You obviously don’t know mouton terrain like Mt Kiliminjaro, you can barely breathe up there, all mammals included. You are clueless if you think he just “wandered” up there

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