An unprecedented sight graced the grounds of Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands: A golden jackal (Canis aureus) was spotted for the first time in the country, the lone animal making an appearance in camera trap footage.
The creature was spotted purely by accident by researchers from Alterra and Wageningen University who were doing ungulate research in the area.
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Golden jackals are bigger than foxes, but generally smaller than wolves. They will eat opportunistically - whatever they can find, be it rabbits, reptiles, birds or garbage.
They have a fairly wide range - from South Asia to the Middle East to central Europe - but a visit to the Netherlands is a first for the canid. How the animal came to be in a region so unfamiliar to it is not yet known.