Could this be the world’s oldest puppy?
Little Dogor was just two months old when he died…18,000 years ago! Luckily, he’s been well preserved, so might just be able to tell scientists a whole lot about dogs.
Published on the 30/11/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22
Picture the scene: a happy cave family sit outside their dwelling, munching on recently caught saber tooth tiger as little Dogor leaps around happily, finding pre-historic balls to play fetch with and begging for scraps. Well, we can’t say for SURE that that’s exactly how life was for Dogor but you never know!
Found by tusk hunters in Yakutsk, Siberia, Dogor was buried beneath the ice and in almost perfect condition, so much so that even his eyelashes and fur have been preserved in good condition.
Tests have shown that he probably died around 18,000 years ago and, reassuringly to us dog lovers, the position of his body suggests that he wasn’t in any distress when he died all that time ago.
Wolf or dog?
Scientists are currently trying to decipher whether he was a wolf or one of the very earliest domesticated dogs and it’s likely this (still adorable in our opinion) animal will give scientists lots of fascinating information into the creation of a species.
It’s possible that DNA testing will eventually show that Dogor was a canine in that in-between phase where wolves slowly became domesticated and began to turn into the pets that we love so much today.
We think Dogor is a very good boy and if we wasn’t such a precious and valuable scientific discovery then we’d be on the first plane over there to give him lots and lots of fuss!