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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.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.scientificamerican.com ...


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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To: BuffaloJack

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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To: Islander7

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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To: Slings and Arrows

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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To: CatherineofAragon
To the rescue!


21 posted on 10/07/2012 12:43:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
We recently lost our little girl cat who was four years old. Being heartbroken we vowed to never have a new cat again. (We were blessed to be left with our seven year old cat. So we aren't completely cat less :).

Of course all it takes is seeing a kitty or sweet cat to change ones mind. Darling kitties!! Color is beautiful. Losing pet is like losing love--one may vow to never love again. But then a certain special someone walks through the door . . .. God bless our little girl lost. We miss her so.

22 posted on 10/07/2012 12:53:12 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Lx

My pleasure.


23 posted on 10/07/2012 12:53:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Done!


24 posted on 10/07/2012 12:54:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: GOP Poet

My condolences on your loss. Somewhere out there more kittehs are waiting for you.


25 posted on 10/07/2012 12:56:20 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Mine eyes!!!!

Hope you are doing well, RC. :)


26 posted on 10/07/2012 12:56:53 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Revolting cat!

OMG! Yeah, that did it, LOL.

Poor little guy...


27 posted on 10/07/2012 1:03:26 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Whew!!! Thank goodness. Thank you for agreeing.

Now we have to know where to apply for our new family.

I love that intense kitty cat household, domesticated expression in their eyes!!!!

One can see they are so full of mischief.

These little guys would keep me laughing all day long.


28 posted on 10/07/2012 1:12:09 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Waaaaaah!


29 posted on 10/07/2012 1:15:53 PM PDT by Monkey Face (A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind.)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

You will definitely be safe from menacing socks and dust bunnies.


30 posted on 10/07/2012 1:21:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SaraJohnson

As well as I can, thank you.


31 posted on 10/07/2012 1:22:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: CatherineofAragon; Revolting cat!; SaraJohnson
Even ugly cats can have their charm.
32 posted on 10/07/2012 1:26:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Since they’re on the endangered species list, wouldn’t the logical thing be to catch a few, start breeding them then selling them to cat lovers?


33 posted on 10/07/2012 1:28:45 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Even ugly cats can have their charm.

Agreed. Just look at me (and be sure to inform my former girlfriend.)

34 posted on 10/07/2012 1:33:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Makes too much sense.


35 posted on 10/07/2012 1:36:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Revolting cat!

SO not going there... ;^)


36 posted on 10/07/2012 1:37:23 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I never liked cats and then I ended up on one’s staff. Now I have three bossing me around. :)


37 posted on 10/07/2012 1:41:13 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Slings and Arrows
I wonder if they're covered under the Treaty of Versailles?
38 posted on 10/07/2012 2:21:48 PM 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

Geez, the picture of Bat Boy made me jump, LOL.

My thing is, I can’t understand why someone would say, “Hey, let’s develop a breed of cat that will be susceptible to cold and to sunburn by taking away its fur!”


39 posted on 10/07/2012 2:24:43 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: SaraJohnson

The masters do not tolerate insolence.


40 posted on 10/07/2012 2:59:44 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Because they can.

IIRC, I seem to recall that some-or-other breed of hairless dog was developed so that arthritis sufferers could warm their hands on them. Don’t believe that that applies here, though.


41 posted on 10/07/2012 3:02:31 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 75thOVI

The perfidy of the Hun knows no bounds.


42 posted on 10/07/2012 3:03:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh, please. GET MITTENS!

There was a cute Sphynx (sp?) cat on an episode of “My Cat From Hell.” He was a yowler-—cried often, and loud. I don’t know if it’s a trait of the breed.


43 posted on 10/07/2012 3:59:58 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Don't be afraid to see what you see. (Ronald Reagan))
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To: Slings and Arrows
I've owned cats that look just like these, except I suppose mine were bigger. The one thing that I see that is different from an ordinary tabby cat (besides the size) is the forehead marking. Domestic tabby cats generally have stripes between their eyes that are in the configuration of an "M". These cats don't have the "M", if you notice.


44 posted on 10/07/2012 6:17:19 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Rare rusty-spotted cat kittens born in Berlin

Ich bin ein Purrliner.

45 posted on 10/07/2012 6:28:22 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Ich bin ein Tagliner.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The head and ears seem a bit more rounded than on a domestic cats, and the paws larger in proportion.


46 posted on 10/07/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; carriage_hill

Someday I’ll have to tell you about a Jungle Cat in my yard in way way suburban Bethesda.

These kittens look kind of like the hybrids they breed from them.


47 posted on 10/07/2012 9:02:02 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Ayman al-Zawahiri is alive and GM owes us $26 Billion)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I’d like to hear that.


48 posted on 10/07/2012 9:21:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Slings and Arrows
Reminds me of this cat...

49 posted on 10/08/2012 1:45:53 AM PDT by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dawwww! So cute.

Riverbanks Zoo down in South Carolina had some of the black-footed cats mentioned in the article. They are about the same size as these little guys, but size means nothing for those black-footed cats. The handlers had to wear chainmail gloves when feeding them. Those furballs were VICIOUS and totally fearless. They were so sweet-looking and furry and cute and (so the rumors said) would absolutely mess up anybody that got near them.

Whereas my fat near-30-pound Maine Coon is only dangerous to bowls of kibble and exceptionally stupid mice...

}:-)4


50 posted on 10/08/2012 6:58:59 AM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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