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Not a domestic

Not a domestic
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lesser cats of the world, Felidae of the world: Second series [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-13 11:33
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African Wild Cat (Felis lybica)

Six thousand years ago Egyptians domesticated the African Wild Cat to control mice and rats raiding granaries. From these tamed animals, the domestic cat was bred. Although it is an agile tree climber, this cat spends most of its time on the ground.

Preferred prey of the African Wild Cat are mice and rats, but when these are scarce or the opportunity arises, they also feed on birds and arthropods, as well as hares, rabbits and even baby antelopes.

Mating occurs between July and January, with a gestation period of 65 days. Young are born between September and March. Average litter size is three.

Since this small member of the cat family has not yet been studied intensively, very little is known about its behaviour. Apart from the difference in ear colouration and the longer legs, this specie could easily be mistaken for a domestic cat, to which it is so closely related that interbreeding is possible. This cat is solitary in habits outside the breeding season, and mature animals are more than likely territorial.

Where they are found
Pure genetic stock of the African Wild Cat is today only found in remote areas. Elsewhere interbreeding with domestic cats has taken place.

Vital Statistics
Weight (Female) : 2,6 - 5,5 kg
Weight (Male) : 3,8 - 6,4 kg
Length (Female) : 90 cm
Length (Male) : 90 cm
Gestation Period : 2 months
No of Young : 2 - 5
Order : Carnivora
Family : Felidae
Breeding : 2 - 5 young are born anytime of the year after a gestation period of about 2 months.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-13 12:16]
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Hierdie is 'n pragtige portret! I love the manner in which the light plays accross his face. The sharpness is excellent.

Warm jy op vir Saterdag?

Great capture Gerhard. Yes, we both had cats today. Great job.

To be honest I thought from the thumbnail - oh no, not another domestic cat. But seeing your name under it I was sure that you would never post such picture here.

It is a great capture Gerhard - nice warm colours and good sharpness and details. Pity that the white around the left eye is burned but it really is a minor thing and difficult to avoid with such harsh sun. So I think you did a great job here - again. - Very educational note, thanks a lot.

Very good Gerhard.
Nice colours, good sharpness and a great note.
Very well done.

very nice shot of this wild cat!
beautiful colours and i like the look in it's eyes.
sharp and clear to. I didn't know there still were real wild cats, so thanks for posting this, i have learned something again ! :o)

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-13 15:34]

Yo amo lo gatos... de hecho los tengo como mascotas.
La imagen de este gato es maravillosa, por la presencia y imponencia del mismo.
Excelente agudeza, con perfecto y encuadre.
Felicitaciones por una gran presentacion.

I love the cats... in fact I have them like mascots.
The image of this cat is wonderful, by the presence and imposing of the same one. Excellent sharpness, with perfect and frame. Congratulations by a great presentation.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-13 15:47]

Hi Harrison
I wanted to say this every time, but old age is kreeping up, maybe sprinting/ to me. Everytime I open your intro, and see your lovely "mug shot" I want to call you this!
I see you are in the green alert again, posting MY kitties, and then such a alovely one. Beautiful. I hope to naill some coming December!

Nice to see a another genuine wild puddy again you can see where the domestic ones come from. Our european wild cats suffer the same inter breeding problem in scotland where we find them true breeds are becoming very scarce.
Great portrate Gerhard

remarquable portrait de ce chat.
simple , nattuerelle, efficace.
nice done

Precioso felino, con la expresión de un pequeño niño. Hermoso, vivaz, impresionado por algo parece....o quizás atento?

Well done!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-13 17:56]

wow, sucha great portrait. I love the lighting here. It's a very good shot Gerhard. Well done.

I still remember the first shot you posted with this specie. This is another good shot of this beauty. TFS.
This open the debate again about domesticated species...

Very good colours, and nice composition.
Well done.

I like the lighting and the look in its stare. I think the shadows cast on its face is very nice touch

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