I did not intend for my previous post to sound anti-jackal.
Look how majestic this jackal looks!
I was lucky enough to get his picture on a rare snowy day last January.
Love to hear them singing in the evening or night.
One will start and then a group from across the valley will answer and then another group down the valley. . . until it becomes a lively chorus.
Their calls are quite funny.
Maybe someday I will use the camera to record their music and post it as a video. They come right up to my back yard.
(UPDATE: I did it! Hear the jackals.)
This is a jackal den a few minutes walk from my place.
I saw two parents go in and later observed the pups coming out to play with Mom.
A sign from the nature reserve up on the mountain.
It says that the jackal (in Hebrew "tan") is one of the most prevalent predators in the Judean Hills, weighs between 8 and 9 kilos, and has a varied diet of small animals, dead animals, fruits of the season, and garbage.
That is true. I have been up on the street at 5:00 a.m. and saw them scavenging in the garbage bins.
They were surprised to see me.
But jackals don't lose their cool and run away; they SLINK away quietly and quickly. With dignity.