Is a Maned Wolf Suitable As a Pet?

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The maned wolf is a wild member of the canid family from South America and would not make a suitable pet. It is a near-threatened species due to habitat loss, road accidents and interaction with local dogs. The maned wolf is the largest canid in South America.

Physically resembling the red fox, the maned wolf reaches 35 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs 50 pounds on average. Like coyotes, the maned wolf taps on the ground to drive out small animals, such as rodents, and preys on them. The maned wolf is generally timid and avoids even members of its own species, although in some instances, it might form a monogamous relationship with another maned wolf.