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Rare rusty-spotted cat kittens born in Berlin
Scientific American ^ | 10/7/12 | Becky Crew

Posted on 10/07/2012 11:10:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows

Seriously. Look at this guy. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Berlin Zoo has announced the birth of its first rusty-spotted cat kittens since it opened 168 years ago. Nicknamed ‘the hummingbirds of the cat family’, rusty spotted cats (Prionailurus rubiginosus) rival the black-footed cats (Felis nigripes) of southern Africa for the title of world’s smallest wild cat. Their long bodies and tails, which can reach a total of 78 cm in the largest males, might out-stretch their African relatives, but they’re just a little bit lighter at 0.9 – 1.6 kg. To put this in perspective, the world record for the smallest adult tabby cat is 1.36 kg. And my giant beast of a tuxedo cat is 4 kg. Which, by the way, is the average weight for a domestic cat (I’m not a terrible mum).

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Unlike another very rare andsmall wildcat species, the Scottish wildcat, rusty-spotted cats are easy to tame, and there have been some reports of this species being bred with domestic cats. Nineteenth century British physician and zoologist Thomas C. Jerdon kept a number of rusty-spotted cats in his home for research, and according to Wild Cats of the World by Swiss naturalist and writer Charles Albert Walter Guggisberg, he said of them, “I had a kitten brought to me when very young in 1846, and it became quite tame, and was the delight and admiration of all who saw it. Its activity was quite marvellous and it was very playful and elegant in its motions.”

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: esmit; hummingbird; kittyping; rustyspottedcat; wildcats
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Pix, vid at source. THE CUTE!!!!!

[Thanks, Anonymous Sender-Inner!]

1 posted on 10/07/2012 11:11:01 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
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To: Clint N. Suhks; smokingfrog; MagUSNRET; TornadoAlley3

Cute & Very Rare Kitties Ping!


2 posted on 10/07/2012 11:16:04 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

OMG! LOL! CUTE!


3 posted on 10/07/2012 11:17:44 AM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Awwwwwwww!! and the text is as pleasing as the photos!


4 posted on 10/07/2012 11:19:50 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (Obama better hope a Kicked Ass is covered under Obamacare. -- Dennis Miller re debate 1)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The facial markings look like a chipmunk!


5 posted on 10/07/2012 11:24:27 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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6 posted on 10/07/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

These guys are really small.
With adults going 2.0 to 3.5 lb they are the smallest member of the cat family.
I though my little orange cat was tiny at 6 lb, these guys are half her weight.


7 posted on 10/07/2012 11:35:12 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama loved the poor so much, he created millions more.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Awwww! I want one!!!


8 posted on 10/07/2012 11:40:26 AM PDT by Monkey Face (A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

That is Weapons Grade Cute!


9 posted on 10/07/2012 11:41:29 AM PDT by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Where do I adopt a couple of these little guys?


10 posted on 10/07/2012 12:00:00 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Those kittehs are awesome!
Thank you.


11 posted on 10/07/2012 12:04:42 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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If that is all they weight, I am in for at least 1/2 dozen.

Where can I apply?

My cat, Chipi, who just turned 1 year old this month weighs in at 20 lbs. He gained another 1/2 lb from the 5th of August.


12 posted on 10/07/2012 12:17:14 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Whut a cute liddle feller...


13 posted on 10/07/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Monkey Face; Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I saw ‘em first!


14 posted on 10/07/2012 12:35:46 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I want one!!

15 posted on 10/07/2012 12:36:02 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: 75thOVI
That is Weapons Grade Cute!

And it's in the hands of the Germans. Oh noez!

16 posted on 10/07/2012 12:37:56 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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17 posted on 10/07/2012 12:40:46 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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Help...too much cute...can’t stand it, LOL.


18 posted on 10/07/2012 12:42:00 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Okay...Would you agree to a 50/50 split? A dozen for you and a dozen for me?


19 posted on 10/07/2012 12:42:26 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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20 posted on 10/07/2012 12:42:58 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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