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Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:18 pm 
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A few years ago I watched a doccie on the television about feral pigs somewhere in the USA. And people would track them down and kill them. They obviously did something that the people didnt like or interfered with the local wildlife. But what struck me in that doccie was that they reckon these pigs face and head shape actually alters shape within a generation or so to be closer that of a wild pig. And I cant remember why it does that but I guess it could be because of diet or something.

And today 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 htese 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 naturalk adaptation to circumstance? Or maybe I'm just imagining it. But I dont know. It's not something that I was looking for.

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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.

With the feral pigs the nose shape is said to alter due to higher strain on the scull from more severe rutting in the ground in search of roots and tubers.


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That is very interesting 100ponder.

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This is a rescue that I took on. I was convinced after a time that he had wild cat blood. I had to eventually re-home him where there were no other cats as he nearly killed my other domestics. He had been neutered at a very young age, but he showed unbelievable aggression and did not bond well at all.

The vet told me that if a domestic mates with a male wild cat this kind of behavior can manifest.

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 Post subject: Re: Changing shape
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:16 am 
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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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Wow, MM, he is a beauty! Sad that he was a danger to the other cats and a special mouse! :wink:


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