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Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. ФотоThey are on the verge of extinction.

Black-footed cats are an endangered species, which from 2002 are under special protection. These miniature animals are seldom bred in captivity.

In the wild black-footed cats are reluctant to climb trees. Rather, they prefer to occupy abandoned burrows of other animals or dig a hole than to sleep all day on the branches of trees.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Black-footed cats are very timid and in case of the slightest danger flee. However, if they are forced to defend themselves in these small animals is awakened spirit a real tiger.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

According to one of the African legends, attacked by black-footed cats can knock down even giraffes.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Meet black-footed cats in the wild is very difficult, it is a rare animal. They live mainly in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, rarely found in Zimbabwe and Angola.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Black-footed cat as the species was first described in 1824 an English traveler and naturalist — William Barcella.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Black-footed cats prefer a solitary life, and they have a very large hunting areas that, unfortunately, does not help increase and so the shrinking size of the population. They are known for a huge appetite and increased hunting activity caught on average one animal every 50 minutes. If the victim was too big to eat in one sitting, black-footed cats make reserves remains buried in burrows.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

These cats are actually very tiny: the weight of adult females does not exceed 1.3 kilograms, and males and 2.6 kg, reach a height of 25 centimeters and a length of 34-50 cm plus tail 15 to 22 cm

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Black-footed cats have sandy-yellow color with dark brown oval spots, which allows them to camouflage in their habitats.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

Because of its small size, black-footed cats prey mainly on small rodents. They eat insects, spiders and Scorpions. However, their victims can become animals larger than them, and also birds in flight — cat jump to a height of 1.4 metres.

Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото
Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото
Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото
Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото
Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото
Дикие кошки невероятной красоты. Фото

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