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African Wild Cat

It would be easy to mistake this animal with a common house cat. It would be more true to say that the cats we find in our homes almost certainly came from wild stock in times past. The African Wild Cat is widespread across Africa. What distinguishes the African wild cat (Felis lybica – Forster, 1780) from it’s domestic counterpart are the slightly longer legs and the rufous coloring on the back of the ears ( not evident in these images). Markings on the body are indistinct at times. They are solitary and nocturnal. Although terrestrial they are excellent tree climbers and sleeps during the day in whatever dense cover it can find. It will hunt and feed on mammals up to the size of a hare as well as on reptiles, birds and invertebrates. Hunting techniques are typical of those of a housecat. The young, with litters of two to five (averaging three), are born in the holes of other species such as spring hares and aardvark.