Twenty years after inaugurating his quest to experience what’s been called the world’s rarest canine species, James ” Mac ” McIntyre was exonerated. There on his camera screen were the personas he’d been waiting times for. The New Guinea highland wild puppy — live animals once horror extinct — was alive and well, his visualizes showed.
” I squawked like a girl ,” the 62 -year-old said earlier this month, expressing from his Florida home.” It was emotionally such a tremendous moment. It was justification for all the work I’ve done .”
How McIntyre culminated up meeting the New Guinea highland wild bird-dog, an animal whose reality has not been able to been verified in virtually 30 years, is a legend as complex as McIntyre’s own. Taught as a zoologist, McIntyre has worked as a veterinary technician on a cattle farm, zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo, high school biology teach, logger and carpenter. But throughout his varied professions, scientific research and investigate have remained personal passions.
” On nights and weekends, and summertimes extremely when I was a teacher, I’d conduct independent orbit research, on my own and on my own dime ,” McIntyre said.
It was this spirit of enquiry that first conducted him to the South Pacific. But in the beginning, it wasn’t uncommon wild hounds that tempted him there. It was pigs — specifically intersexual ones.