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    Dog scaling Mount Kilimanjaro

    NewsDog CuriositiesFriday 02 September 2011

    Group of climbers that managed to survive the tough conditions of Mount Kilimanjaro were shocked after spotting a stray dog at the freezing peak.  

    The vets have launched an investigation in order to find out how the dog managed to scale on of the most difficult mountains to scale in the world. According to the Daily Mail, the stunned climbers contacted local newspapers about their discovery. The part of the mountain where the dog was found is so high that the temperatures usually remain below zero and climbers tend to suffer from the effects of altitude sickness. Local officials said it was possible the stray animal was the same dog which had been spotted a decade ago close to a camp lower down the mountain.

    Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the world’s highest free-standing mountain at 19,340ft. It lies 205 miles south of the equator and stands on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya. It is made up of three extinct volcanoes Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. There are five major habitats on the mountain; rainforest, heath, moorland, alpine desert and glaciers. Around 25,000 per year attempt to summit the top of Africa but only two thirds make it, many suffering from the effects of altitude.

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