Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black footed cat Beauty gives birth!

Black footed cat Beauty gave birth to 2 kittens. Yesterday one was born alive and sadly a second one today probably was still born. As Beauty still was in labour the whole day (night) yesterday she wasn’t interested to… take care of her kitten. As it was lying far from the mom the whole day, and it was getting dark and windy, we as the SCC team decided to try and have the kitten drink with a domestic cat who had a litter recently. We are grateful to Maxie and Richard from the SCC/DCP team who are extremely dedicated to save the little bfc kitten (first born wild cat at SCC) and had to wake up every 2 hours to have the kitten drink with the mothercat and so far so good. Now we are deciding whether it will be a good idea to try and have the kitten reunited with Beauty again. Not sure yet if a 3rd kitten we still come, but it maybe is worth a try. For now it is most important that the kitten gains strength. The Black Footed Cat is an endangered species, the smalles wild cat of South Africa (and second smallest of the world). Let’s hope and pray this cutie will pull through

DNA tests have revealed a new small wild cat species!

As a family, cats are some of the most well-studied animals on Earth, but that doesn’t mean these adept carnivores don’t continue to surprise us. Scientists have announced today the stunning discovery of a new species of cat, long-confused with another. Looking at the molecular data of small cats in Brazil, researchers found that the tigrina—also known as the oncilla in Central America—is actually two separate species. Read more

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Black footed cats convervation project

WCW started this conservation project on the DCP farm in Spotted Cats Conservation, with three wild black-footed cats, Beauty, Blacky and Footy. All three cats were injured by traps and could not be released into the wild. They were given a great home as well as the necessary treatment by the vet.
In late 2013 we decided to relocate the cats to the Cat Conservation Trust (CCT) as part of a new working alliance that adds more knowledge and expertise to make the project even more successful. Also, our captive born female Diva could join Blacky & Beauty as a start of a breeding program with this very endangered species.

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