Felines are creatures of magnificent that belong to the family of the felids. This family consists of over 40 species and the felines are only a subfamily. Except for some species, the felines are great hunters and can retract their claws into a protective sheath while not in use. With this, you get to keep the razor-sharp talons.
For hunting, they use their visual acuity, their incredible sense of smell and its powerful hind legs. In addition, they are quite stealthy. They usually live and hunt alone, whereas dogs that live and hunt in flocks.
There are many known types of felines. From the cheetah fast up to the lion majestic, we’ve been fascinated by many of these animals, but you may not know that there are other species to which we have not paid attention and are quite incredible.
10 Species of big cats that you know very little
1 – Cat rusty
Are the cats the world’s smallest and have on the coat color spots oxide. Your queue is not marked and has large eyes whose colour varies. They come from Sri Lanka and India and feed on small animals. Usually, have one to three offspring, and their main threats are dogs, human hunters, and the destruction of their habitat.
2 – the Andean Cat
Living on the mountain and have a great coat. They prefer areas with stones up to a height of 4,000 metres. Are not very well known, but we know that can give birth to several pups, they are nocturnal and tend to eat rodents.
They have many threats as they have to face the farmers, livestock, mining and hunting. They are also killed by the locals, who use them for medicine and food. They could be extinct soon.
3 – Cat of Iriomote
There are only on the Japanese island of Iriomote, and feature a dark coat with white spots and a few bigeye and golden brown. They can swim and climb trees, and they face some threats that the islanders love their meat and their habitat is being destroyed. But the greater their presence in a single island. If something happens to the island, these cats would disappear forever.
4 – Cat marbled
They live in the forests of southeast asia, have the limbs very short but agile and can have multiple offspring. Not much is known about his power, but it is thought that eat bats. They are gradually destroying their habitat and may disappear unless action is taken.
5 – Leopard-tiger
You live in some areas of the north of South America. Have a look fragile but you must not underestimate them. They are pretty agile and know how to climb, but prefer to hunt on the ground where they live rodents, which are their favorite food. They usually live around 23 years, so you are one of the cat with the longest life.
Are threatened by human beings as affected by the illegal trade and habitat destruction. Have been shown to be very resistant, so there is hope for them.
6 – Tiger Cat
This species is characterized by being stained and have long tails and ringed. Tend to be always in the trees and its main habitat are the rainforests. Are one of the species that are more agile and, thanks to their claws wide, they can stay hanging on one leg. They eat birds, primates and reptiles and are usually quite solitary.
Unfortunately, their habitats are being invaded by civilization and also the species suffering from the illegal trade. If nothing is done, these beautiful animals could disappear.
7 – Cat flat-headed
They receive their name from their flat front. Come from Sumatra, Borneo and Malaysia. Have a stature very similar to the domestic cats and their fur is brown. Consume a lot more vegetables and fruits than the others but they are still carnivores and often eat prey in the water. In addition, they love to swim.
They are very threatened by the destruction of its habitat, water pollution and the illegal trade.
8 – Cat sandwich
Is the cat African small and has ears big enough to allow you to identify some of the sounds. Their black legs protect it from the heat. They live in deserts and grasslands in parts of Namibia, Botswana and South Africa and it is believed that they may hunt a giraffe.
They have an extremely varied diet that includes locusts, rodents, reptiles, birds, eggs, amphibians, or hares. Usually, have several kittens. Although they are threatened by dogs, the degradation of their habitat and food poisoning, have a great capacity for survival.
9 – Cat Moro or Jaguarundi
Have nothing to do with the Jaguars, despite its name. These are more closely related to pumas. They have a slender body, a long tail and some ears tiny. Its fur is black or brown. Living in the south of Mexico and part of South America.
Consume fruits, rodents, reptiles and birds. I love to hunt and live in pairs. They have a range of sounds is much broader than the rest of the cats. Unlike others, they are not threatened.
10 – Golden Cat Asian
Has the black fur and brown and have a medium size. Found in forests and rocky areas of southeast Asia. Breeding in captivity is very difficult, as there are occasions in which killing each other. Tend to be in danger because they are killed by the illegal market for skins, for livestock and for the inhabitants of the area to eat their meat. It is fascinating, but their nature is so violent makes their protection more difficult.
If nothing is done, the majority of these cats will disappear. We must create awareness that on many occasions our ambition and our actions can destroy the world that surrounds us.
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