LEOPARD CAT

Leopard Cat is a beautiful, somewhat elongated looking wildcat, with a golden yellow coat, splotched with black. This is to be found all over India in diverse habitats. These are ferocious and difficult to tame. Mostly it is a nocturnal hunter, gunning for small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. It is listed as of Least Concern in the IUCN Red List.

GOLDEN CAT

Golden cat is found in North East India, southern China and southeast Asia. It is considered Near Threatened, with a declining population. Considered a delicacy, it is eaten by tribesmen in Bangladesh. It is believed It may be reddish brown, fawn or tan and is a good climber. Thought to be nocturnal, it takes down birds, hares, reptiles and even small mammals.

CARACAL

Caracal specialises in leaping vertically 10-12 ft in the air from a standing position to bat down flying birds. Though considered of Least Concern by the IUCN Red Book, it’s been recently declared as critically endangered in India. It is a medium sized chunky, sand coloured wildcat, whose powerful hind legs are longer than its forelegs and its ears are triangular-tufted. The 20 muscles in each ear enable them to twist and turn independently, to pinpoint the target. Nocturnal and secretive, it breeds throughout the year.

FERAL CAT

Feral Cats are basically domestic cats that usually will have nothing to do with human beings. They hind independently and are considered a major threat to urban wildlife by conservationists.


SOURCE : THE INDIAN EXPRESS

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