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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:25 pm 
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AWC near Mata Mata

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
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This one was seen in Satara camp in Feb this year.

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and she also brought her kitten along but it was oh so skittish and we didn't really get a good pic.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
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:mrgreen: Thank you all for these stunning African Wild Cat pics. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
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We saw one leisurely trotting on the tar road between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza on 19 Feb 2013 at about 09h00 It unfortunately disappeared very quickly into the long grass on the side of the road when it became aware of us and before I could take a photograph. Made our day and visit though Greetings to all of you. :D


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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
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Satara's resident African Wild Cat seems to be alive and well, we saw him May 4 2013 during our nightly stroll around the camp. The first time it ran past us my partner said, "Oh it's just a cat !". I replied, "Yeah, an African WILD Cat!". It let us get pretty close for this photo. Also saw one on a night drive out of Satara the following day.

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 Post subject: Re: African Wild Cat
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Saw this little beauty near Satara in June 2013

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 Post subject: Changing shape
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I was looking at some cats that live on the property at the place where I work.
I guess they can be called feral cats.
Now, I have never ever seen an African Wild Cat in the flesh.
To be honest, I never ever knew they existed until I saw some pictures here.
One thing I seem to see is that they have a bit of a different face to the domestic cats that I have seen.
The nose and the mouth protrudes a bit more, pretty much like a lion's.
Today when I was looking at these cats at work, I saw that they had these protruding nose/mouth features.

So, I'm wondering. Is it something that happens to animals pretty quickly - some sort of natural adaptation to circumstance?
Or maybe I'm just imagining it.
But I don't know. It's not something that I was looking for.

Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Changing shape
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Hi moobox,

Our beloved domestic cat freely X-breeds with our wild cats - having domestic cats actually causes a nature conservation dizaster and have already caused that virtually no pure strains of the small wild cats stil exist anywhere outside the largest game reserves in South Africa.

One of the tell-tale signs is a orange colour nose - if that is visible, then X-breeding has already taken place.


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 Post subject: Re: Changing shape
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Well, I did a bit of reading (very little bit) about wild cats and domestic cats and so forth and I guess there's just got ot be speculation involved. But they talk about the grain silos and stores in ancient Egypt where the people kept wild cats to whack the rodents and stuff. And so the wild cats became less wild. And maybe the features sort of changed then. And maybe when the process is reversed the features change again out of necessity. So, maybe the whole natural selection thing is accelerated in some cases. But I'm just speculating because I am not at all qualified to make a definitive statement on the whole business.


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