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12 Cutest Wild Cat Species

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Aimee D

on 18 September 2012

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By Aimee Dixon 12 Cutest Wild Cat Species Bobcat The bobcat is the most abundant wildcat in the U.S. and has the greatest range of all native North American cats. Ocelot Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel. Pallas Cat Sand Cat Serval Caracal Named after Peter Pallas who first described it. Suited for a cold habitat Pallas Cat, Otocolobus Manul, resides in the snowy mountains and harsh plains of Central Asia. It inhabits a number of countries in that region. They have dense fur on the soles of their feet to protect them from the hot sand and to aid maneuverability. They are excellent diggers but they are not agile jumpers or climbers. Although Servals eat a variety of different prey, nearly 94% of their diet is comprised of small rodents such as rats, mice and shrews which means that they play a vital role in their local eco-systems keeping rodent numbers down. The large dish-like ears of the Serval allow them to sense the vibrations of rodents that are even underground and once detected, the Serval will dig it's prey out using it's sharp claws. The pupils of a caracal's eyes contract to circles rather than slits. The phrase “to put the cat among the pigeons” refers to the caracal, who were trained as bird hunters at one time in India and Iran. A caracal’s hind legs are noticeably longer than his front legs. Clouded Leopard Most cats are good climbers, but the clouded leopard is near the top of its class. These big cats can even hang upside down beneath large branches, using their large paws and sharp claws to secure a good grip. Clouded leopards have short, powerful legs equipped with rotating rear ankles that allow them to safely downclimb in a headfirst posture. Sharp eyesight helps them judge distances well, and the cats use their long tails to maintain balance. Cougar Weighing in between 150 and 230 pounds the cougar is larger than some "big cats," but is probably more closely related to smaller cats. This buff-colored feline, also known as the puma, panther or mountain lion, is highly adaptable and at home in tropical rain forests, high mountains, conifer forests and deserts. African Wild
Cat Today's domestic cats are generally believed to be descendants of the African Wild Cat, which were tamed by the Egyptians over 4000 years ago to control rats and mice raiding their granaries. Apart from the obvious difference in their ear coloration and the longer legs, the African Wild Cat is easily mistaken for a domestic cat. Rusty Spotted
Cat One of the smallest cat species in the world, the rusty-spotted cat has been called the hummingbird of the cat family, due to its small size, agility and activeness. Black Footed
Cat The Black-footed Cats lives in an arid environment, and it is strongly believed that they can live without drinking water. They get what they could from the food. Birds can be captured by Black-footed cats, it would jump into the air at the exact moment that the bird takes off...the sense of timing of these cats is highly-developed. Jaguarundi This animal is known to cross lakes and narrow low current rivers. Genetically, this cat is closely related to cougar. Jaguarundies are shy animals and they are cautious of man-made traps. This species is called by different names in different regions names, such as – Yaguarundi, Leoncillo, Onza, Gato Moro.
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