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Changing shape

Unread post by moobox » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:18 pm

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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Re: Changing shape

Unread post by 100ponder » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:01 pm

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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Re: Changing shape

Unread post by moobox » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:16 am

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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Re: African Wild Cat

Unread post by Nico » Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:17 pm

African Wildcat hunting near Vaalpan Waterhole, Kgalagadi. August 2014. :wink:

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Re: African Wild Cat

Unread post by normana53 » Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:52 pm

Great Video Nico!

Everyone talks about the resident African Wild Cat at Satara. There are actually a few of them there. While staying there a couple of weeks ago we saw at least three different AWC's inside the fence, and caught a short glimpse in our torch light of a mother with 2 kittens outside the fence after dark. Wish we could have gotten a picture as the kittens were very small.
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Re: African Wild Cat

Unread post by yoda » Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:26 pm

Saw this AWC in Satara camp one evening on the grass patch opposite the movie screen
There were more people than at a Lion sighting!
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