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By Juan David Montes
Fury is three months old. Before joining the canine squad of Invictus K9, a company that provides hunting services for hunters of endangered fauna, he wandered homeless through the streets of Zambia, where it is usual for other specimens of his breed (africanis) to have a life of scavengers.
However, Fury has shown that the dogs of his breed could also develop the skills that specialized breeds have in these tasks, such as the German Shepherd and the Belgian Malinois.
Your training will allow you to recognize the smells of weapons, ivory and commonly trafficked animals such as pangolins, as well as the traces of illegal poachers.
Invictus K9 co-founder Jaz Crafter told BuzzFeed how unusual it is to include dogs like Fury in these endeavors:
"One hundred percent of the professional trainers I have met in Africa agreed that [canis africanis] cannot be trained."
Despite this opinion among experts, Crafter also knew that this breed was used informally by hunters, without offering good living conditions to these dogs in return.
So he decided to give it a try. And he looked for possible candidates, even though people thought he was crazy.
After choosing 33 dogs that he subjected to various tests, Fury was the winner of this contest.
Although the use of professional dogs is a first in Africa, the bonds between trainers and their canine assistants have not been slow to strengthen.
Crafter mentions that "they would take a bullet for their dog." And it is literal, because in their day to day they face armed illegal hunters.
The advantage of Africanis for this type of work lies in its easy adaptation to the extreme temperatures of its work area.
In a year it will be determined how suitable Fury is for this mission.