A rare New Guinea Singing Dog was seen by a group on an adventure trek on Western New Guinea Island. Photo: Tom Hewitt
Tom Hewitt, who runs an adventure company in Papua New Guinea was out on an expedition when the group encountered the rarest dog on earth. Tom managed to take a photograph of the New Guinea Singing Dog. This may only be the second time the canine has been photographed in the wild in the last 25 years.
The ancient dog has the nickname "stone age dog", and they may be older than Australian dingos. There are 100 in captivity worldwide and it is unknown how many are in the wild.
Tom Hewitt, who has been living and working in SE Asia for the last ten years, is now based in Sabah and Sarawak from where he runs Adventure Alternative Borneo. He was trekking with a group up the Star Mountains of Western New Guinea Island when they spotted the secretive singing dog.
Said Tom, "We watched it for around 15 minutes as it continued to watch us. It seemed as curious as we were but not particularly scared or nervous. What stood out was how healthy it looked upon closer examination with binoculars."
Tom's sighting is the first in the region. The rare dogs often live in remote, high elevations. They have an unusual reddish coat and are known for an ability to climb trees.