You have to pet it.......but THEY WILL ATTACK IF THEY SEE YOU!
The thing about these is that they don't attack anything unless an animal has really low HP and isn't surround by predators. Stick around a ton of Ankys or something like Ankys, and you should be fine. They are found in Scorched Earth, even though tons of people say they are not there. I found four in an Oasis.