Skip to comments.Rare rusty-spotted cat kittens born in Berlin
Posted on 10/07/2012 11:10:54 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Seriously. Look at this guy. It doesnt 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 worlds 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 theyre 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 (Im not a terrible mum).
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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[Thanks, Anonymous Sender-Inner!]
Cute & Very Rare Kitties Ping!
OMG! LOL! CUTE!
Awwwwwwww!! and the text is as pleasing as the photos!
The facial markings look like a chipmunk!
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.
Awwww! I want one!!!
That is Weapons Grade Cute!
Where do I adopt a couple of these little guys?
Those kittehs are awesome!
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.
Whut a cute liddle feller...
I saw ‘em first!
I want one!!
And it's in the hands of the Germans. Oh noez!
Help...too much cute...can’t stand it, LOL.
Okay...Would you agree to a 50/50 split? A dozen for you and a dozen for me?
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