Speothos – Bush dog
First discovered as a fossil in Brazil, before ever witnessed – it was believed to be extinct!
The bush dog is a rare and little-known species. They have squat bodies and resemble the appearance of mustelid dog species. Their long fur is reddish-brown with a paler reddish tinge on the head, neck, and back. Their feet are also webbed, so they are ideal swimmers in tropical rivers and wetlands.
They are primarily active during the day and rest in a den or inside the trunk of a fallen tree at night. They prey on rodents such as pacas, acouchis, and agoutis, as well as larger animals like capybaras and rheas, by hunting in a pack.