Field, who was at Oreti Beach, near Invercargill, was walking his dog June when they came across dead hares and a dead dog.
June, ignored the hares, but spent the next 10 minutes using her nose, to flick sand up to bury the dead dog.
According to conventional explanations, dogs bury things, like food or toys, in order to protect and conceal it to access it later. Was that the case here? Would this carcass be considered prey? Or was there something else going on? We can’t get into the mind of a dog, it could have been just instinct telling her this object should be covered.
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Tip: Darren Naish @TetZoo on Twitter