Dog Found Living Atop Kilimanjaro

At 19,000 feet, dog's survival is mystery

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro     Photo: Matt Kieffer/Flickr

Four hikers came across a dog at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last week, raising questions about how the animal came to be there, and how it has survived in freezing conditions atop the highest peak in Africa. “As I was responding to the call of nature, I saw the dog lying one meter away from where I stood on a rock,” Antoine le Galloudec, one of the climbers, told the Tanzanian Citizen. Le Galloudec described the dog as auburn-colored and apparently healthy. A local tour opperator believes that it is same animal spotted ten years ago at a lower Kilimanjaro camp, suggesting that the dog is a long-time mountain resident. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro's summit is high enough to see temperatures regularly drop below freezing and to induce altitude sickness, which can affect animals as well and humans alike.

Read more at Tanzania’s Citizen

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