Langur and Pariah Dog Interaction

Langur and Pariah Dog Interaction

Salumber is a township situated 70 km from Udaipur. About 15 km from Salumber there is a small town called Baroda.

 

Langur and Pariah Dog Interaction

Salumber is a township situated 70 km from Udaipur. About 15 km from Salumber there is a small town called Baroda. While going to Baroda from Udaipur on 13th April 1990, we halted near the hamlet Khera between Salumber and Baroda for our lunch. Near this village there is a small pool and on the edge of this pool there are some mango trees. We chose this shady place for our lunch.

The pool was filled with murky water and some buffaloes were lying in the water. At the shore a pariah dog lay fast asleep; its hindquarters were in water and rest of its body was resting on wet soil.

It was about half past one. A troop of langurs was resting on the mango trees. A male langur descended from a tree and walked slowly and cautiously but deliberately towards the water where the dog was sleeping. It put its forefeet on the top of the dog, knelt and started drinking water from the pool. The dog opened its eyes, shook its body a little, and then remained still. Having drunk its fill, the Langur turned and walked in a leisurely manner towards the tree. The dog got up and dashed headlong with its tail pressed between its hind legs, without pausing to see behind and disappeared from sight. This interaction between a langur and a pariah dog was one of the most interesting sights I have observed.

Published in Hornbill:

Tehsin, R. H. (1995) Langur & Pariah Dog Interaction. Hornbill (ed.1) pp 24

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