Reproduction: Dholes are sexually mature when they are about one year old. In
India, mating occurs between September and January. The female usually gives
birth four or five pups in a den during November-April. Dens are made by the
females on the banks of stream bed or among rocks. The gestation period in
dholes is stated to be 60-63 days. During early periods of live, the young are fed
on regurgitated food. At about five months of age, young actively follow the
Behaviour: Dholes are pack-hunters and hunt mainly in the day, though occasionally it happens at night. The smell plays an important role in locating a prey. They occasionally jump high in the air or stand briefly on their hind legs to spot prey if it is hidden by grass. Dholes are efficient killers. Two to three animals are able to kill a deer of 50 kg within a few minutes. In true sense, dholes do not bark but yap or utter. They communicate each other by whistling cries;
Life span: In the wild, they can live for 10-18 years.