For humans, a baby's first step is a big deal. For wild dogs in South Africa, a litter of puppies' first excursion out of the den is probably a similarly big deal.
Morkel Erasmus and his wife were on a safari in South Africa's Kruger National Park when they happened to be in the right place in the right time for the litter's first look at the outside world. "I had not seen small painted dog pups before, and being able to witness this kind of behavior was special indeed," he told LatestSightings.com.
As the video shows, the entire pack of adult dogs takes responsibility for keeping an eye on the curious pups as they venture out of the den. There's plenty of nuzzling and parental nipping. The puppies also get a little bit of regurgitated meat to chow down on, too.
Perhaps the cutest bit of the video is when the runt of the litter comes scampering out of the den after all his brothers and sisters. The adults don't seem to think the little one can handle being outside just yet and begin to nose him back toward the den. Maybe on the next outing, fella!