AMAZING Wild Cats You Didn’t Know Existed!
The world’s most amazing wild cats you didn’t know existed! These are the most exotic, feral felines found in the wilderness.
Which feline makes its home in the scorching heat among sandy dunes? What is the world’s smallest cat? Find out as we take a look at Amazing Wild Cats You Didn’t Know Existed.
#9 Fishing Cat
State animal of the Indian province of West Bengal, the Fishing Cat demolishes the common misconception of water-fearing felines through its name alone. With an olive to ashen gray coat that’s sprinkled with different spots and stripes, this cat isn’t particularly easy to identify at first glance. But a closer look at the fishing cat reveals some highly specialized characteristics. The long fur adorning its underside along with its buff, stocky physique give the cat a badger-esque look. It also sports webbing between its clawed toes as a tool to assist with paddling as it hunts for fish, molluscs, amphibians, and other aquatic mammals along the rivers, streams, and swamps of Southeast Asia. Sadly, these wetlands are under constant threat of exploitation and pollution, leading to their protection by conservation groups and the nations in which they’re found. Still, many people find the pesky fishing cat to be a nuisance and dozens have been reportedly exterminated by South Asian locals in the last decade despite their protected status.
Native to the northern African nations of Morocco and Tunisia, the slender, spotted Serval resembles a miniature cheetah as it only stands around two feet tall and a maximum of about three feet in length. But the medium sized cat has some unique characteristics that separate the serval from its speedy big brother. In addition to its dark spots, this feline also has black stripes that run down the back of its neck. Its golden fur is also accented by a white underbelly and white fur also appears between black stripes on its ears. Structurally, the serval is unique in that it has the longest legs of any cat in relation to its size. This is because of its elongated, strangely mobile toes that it uses to impale its prey. The astounding agility of the serval is demonstrated by such carnivorous pursuits with their pouncing leap launching the cat up to six and a half feet in the air and almost 12 feet in distance! These wild hunters, despite their feral nature, have been occasionally adopted as pets throughout history, though many countries regulate this practice today with the serval never really able to be house broken. Luckily for fans of the slender stalker, a domesticated hybrid cat was successfully bred with a serval to create a new breed with a doglike nature in the late 1980s. This new Savannah Cat has become fairly popular over time with the majority of US States legalizing them as pets.