A novel observation of dingoes attacking a swimming eastern grey kangaroo

The dingo (Canis familiaris and hybrids) is a keystone species in Australian ecosystems. The current study reports four dingoes observed attacking a swimming eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) in the Wollondilly River, New South Wales. It is proposed that kangaroos need to stand at a certain depth of water to escape an attack by dingoes. If dingoes can continue attacking from opposing directions without threat of injury from the kangaroo, such as in shallow water where dingoes can stand or deep water where kangaroos cannot stand, then the attack may continue until the predator(s) kill the prey or the prey escapes. Further research on such behaviours is needed to understand the functional role of dingoes and the importance of pack structure in development of hunting strategies.

Secondary title Australian Mammalogy
Author Brad V. Purcell
Date 15/09/2010
Year 2010
Volume 32
Number 2
Institution University of Western Sydney
Department School of Natural Sciences
Pages 201-204
ISBN/ISSN doi:10.1071/AM10001
Region NSW