What Is A Jackal?

The Jackal plays an important part in Awakening The Beast. However, the animals in the story are fiction. Real jackals are much smaller and none of them are pure black or have blue eyes. Below are excerpts from Wikipedia about real jackals.

ATBjackal1The jackal is a small- to medium-sized …[dog-like animal. There are] three species: the black-backed jackal, the side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan Africa, and the golden jackal of northern Africa …

Jackals [are] omnivores [with] long legs and curved canine teeth… adapted for hunting small mammals, birds, and reptiles… their large feet and fused leg bones [make them] well-suited for long-distance running…[and] maintaining speeds of [10 mph] for extended periods of time. Jackals are … most active at dawn and dusk.


 ATBjackals-in-loveTheir most common social unit is that of a monogamous  pair which defends its territory from other pairs by vigorously chasing intruding rivals and marking landmarks around the territory with their urine and feces. … Jackals may occasionally assemble in small packs… but they normally hunt either alone or in pairs…

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