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The Wild Dogs of Africa

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Nature equips the African wild dog female with 16 ‘feeding stations’ for suckling a typical litter of 12 pups. In other words, for any given litter, nature typically provides a surplus of up to four teats. The strategy here is plain to see: (1) Make the typical wild dog litter relatively large in the face of inevitable attrition, but not so large as to overtax the females; (2) provide the typical wild dog female with four extra teats to accommodate the occasional oversized litter.


Now consider this: What if the wild dog’s natural enemies were to disappear overnight, en masse, and simultaneously, the typical wild dog female were to begin to have litters of 13 to 16 pups on a regular basis? What would happen to the local and global populations of wild dogs? Now turn to a different species, namely us (Homo Sapiens), and substitute ‘diseases’ for ‘predators,’ and ‘families,’ or ‘progeny,’ for ‘litters.’ What do you have before you? Alas, are there not already too many of our kind in the world, and, increasingly, too few ‘teats?’


2018-12-26T16:02:16+00:00December 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments


  1. Micki Morency January 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Mother Nature create all other species to use only what they need, but when it comes to Homo Sapiens some of us were born with many golden “teats.” Yet they still managed to suck from the few, barely enough “teats” of some of us who struggle for a drop daily. Technology is putting the final nail in the coffin. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should, folks!

  2. Matt Fitzgerald December 26, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Historically, famine and disease have done a good job of “solving” overpopulation per se. What’s unique to our situation today is the damage that 7 billion technologically equipped humans are capable of inflicting on the planet.

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