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Malealea
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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by Malealea » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:14 pm

So as I wrote in earlier Times this animals lives in deserts e.g. Botsuana, Namibia, Kalahari, Karoo, Malutu Mountains. This animal is absolutley rare(only 10.000 animals remain!) and they are absolutley shy! If they exist in the Kruger, then only in the northern park, where a border to KNP exist, if they pass the border to RSA as an "Illegal";-) (small Joke!). These animals are nocturnal and they can look quite similar, to the aFRICAN wILD CAT,but the Afrcan Wild cat is heigher and heavier! the Black footed cat is not able to climb very well, the Paws are to small and the tail is to big! --> Intresting fact


http://schwarzfusskatze.wild-katze.org/ --->nice Photos. But the HP is in German

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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by Eagle Owl » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:08 pm

Yesterday night I saw on the news on SABC 2 that there are some new researches being done on the small spotted cat. I think some company in America is also involved in this research.

Anyway, I am quite sure that I saw a small spotted cat in July on the S21 on our way back to Lower Sabie. Unfortunately, in the event screaming at SO to stop and reverse (I think all the animals in a 10 kilometer ficinity heard me) and me fumbling for my stupid camera, the cat dissapeared. :wall:

It was really to black for an african wildcat. And it geniunely looked like a house cat, sitting on a smallish sandbed with a bush on it's right, further surruonded by the normal winter vegetation at that time of year. Now the location was at the turnoff to the N'watimhiri waterhole on the S21. We turned to the waterhole to have a look for some action there and found none. On the way back to the S21 Mr Cat sat watching the drive by, probably about ten/fifteen meters before you turn back in the S21, on your left hand side. And it might have been between 16h00 and 16h30 as we were on our way back to LS before the gates closed at 17h30.

Now the reason for me going in to detail about my sighting: I would really like it if anybody or everybody would perhaps, whenever in that vicinity, and especially around that time, might find themselves around there, will scan the area for a small spotted cat. Keep your cameras ready, just for in case. The cat was very near the road. I really hope that somebody will get a photo and post it here. And you might get famous as well. :tongue:

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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by Eagle Owl » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:02 am

We just saw it accidentally on the news, was busy with some other stuff, but if my memory serves me right, they are busy with the research in the Northern Cape, Botswana areas. They have (or are still going to) installed cameras on certain points to see if they can obtain some small spotted cat footage during night time (I think these cameras were sponsored by some American company or association or something). It is definitely a very shy cat according to the news flash and might be endangered if I recall correctly. :roll:
What's happening to my memory??
Possibly the reason why they are launching such an intensive research program (not because of my memory, but the endangered aspect) :wink:

Well, obviousely you can understand the disappointment on my side for not having a photo of my sighting, because I'm pretty darn sure it was a small spotted cat. The image is so clear in my mind that I'm about 100 % positive I am correct. Just maybe somebody might be getting a sighting of a lifetime because of my post, who knows..? :)

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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by michaelpr » Tue Dec 01, 2009 7:49 pm

Wow EO! If it really was a small spotted cat, that would have been the sighting of a lifetime!! :shock:

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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by Eagle Owl » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:20 pm

Malealea wrote:@ eagle
Can you tell me the colour of the Cat, was it yellowisch almost reddisch?did the cat have black strips and dots or just stripes. Describe it a little bit that would be great.

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Hi Malealea,

I must have missed your post somewhere last year (happy 2010 to you) but let me quickly answer it. I actually saw it in the pass by so I can't give distinctive info. As I looked up through the car window I looked directly in it's eyes. I remember it sitting in a small open sandy clearing, facing our direction. It was a dark cat and looked very small indeed. I can't tell you if I saw spots or stripes. In such short pass by (moving) spots might become stripes. And it really inhabited the look of a domestic cat. If you are wondering whether I might mistake it with an african wild cat, looking it up in our mammal guides the cat I saw was really very dark furred and not as light as the african wild cat. Unfortunately, by the time SO had reversed back to the scene kitty was gone and I very dissapointed, though a friend we were travelling with said that he saw some quick movement going back into the bushes/veld but could not see what it was. He just saw the movement. This is unfortunately all I can offer but really hope to see some small spotted cat pictures from out Kruger soon. That would really be great! :wink:

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Re: Small-spotted cat

Unread post by Malealea » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:15 am

hi eagel

AWC differ in colour there s a rule if the habitat is very wet they got more silver/blue. AWC in dessert haven´t got a bright coulur, sometimes the stomack is brown but the main coulour ist always grey. Anyway the legs, were they long or short. AWC look like a domestic cat but they have a "higher clearence"(I have to describe it abit because Englisch ist not my mother Tounge! theses cats are less heawier then AWC and shorter, the main coulour is yellow. I can´t tell you what you see the only thing I can do is to help, to figure out the differences. wait aminute as afr as I know Small spotted cats do not occur in Kruger. If this is the case then you have senn an AWC.

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Re: Black Footed Wild Cat

Unread post by Malealea » Fri May 14, 2010 3:13 pm

As far as I know not. Because it will not there habitat. Maybe there are some border crossers from Zimbabwr and Botuana but no regular sightings.
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Re: Black Footed Wild Cat

Unread post by Zolbol » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:48 pm

For what it’s worth, I have an uncle who has been involved all his life with wildlife, helping Ian Player and Nick Steele in rhino capture and also working + 30 years in the “wilds” of northern Swaziland where he saw serval on almost a daily (nightly!) basis. He has also spent a lot of time in several of the game reserves in other areas of Africa. So his credentials are good. Anyway, two years ago he claimed that he saw a “small spotted cat” on the S100 in Kruger. True or not, I can’t judge. And as to whether he’s getting a bit long in the tooth, I’m not sure, but that’s what he said he saw.

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Re: Black Footed Wild Cat

Unread post by Malealea » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:29 am

The thing with Black fot cat ist that they are very silent. They behave secretly may be they occur in Kruger without knowing it. Maybe it is the same Story with the BRown Hayena in Kruger....
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