Lions can roar, but they can’t purr. This is because their vocal tract is shaped differently from a smaller cat.
Southeast Asia’s flat-headed cat is even rarer than the fishing cat. It’s also considered to be a better fisher.
This adorable feline has an impressive scientific alter ego: “Otocolobus manul”. Despite that metal-sounding name, Pallas cats aren’t superheroes – they are little cats that have carved out their own niche in an enormous, unfriendly world.
All cats, big and small, like to keep secrets. It is our task as cat lovers to learn some of those secrets so we can make life even better for these beauties. The cats don’t make it easy for us. So we fool them. Today, technology like camera traps and GPS tracking collars collect a lot of data about unsuspecting domestic and wild cats. Then we laypeople help the experts use these tools to learn more about cats.
Clouded leopards are adorable.
The “clouds” are those beautiful dark blotches on the coat.
These wild felines aren’t close relatives of the leopard, but modern research shows that clouded leopards do belong with the big cats. Their head and face are a little weird looking. That could be because these Southeast Asian cats are primitive – the first big cats to evolve some 11 million years ago. But some paleontologists have a different explanation for it.
This post was intended to be the usual brief fact about how the rare Florida panther survived Hurricane Irma.
I figured that enough time has passed for people to have some idea of how these cats and other wildlife on the mainland fared.
I underestimated Irma’s impact on Florida.