Monthly Archives: December 2015
After the sad loss of little Kali we of course want to continue in a positive spirit with his sister Olive, and the other leopards. Almost 8 weeks of age, it is about time the little one starts eating meat alongside the mothermilk. Of course we preferred to do this in the natural way with the little ones nibbling mom Feline’s meat, but it was clear Feline was not really in a sharing mood. No one will nibble her meat. She always was a relaxed eater but since motherhood she turned into a fierce one, hissing to everybody and everyone who is a potential threat to steal her meat, even to the little one(s).
Kali already had fun with Felicia’s chicken, who still is more relaxed with her food (was different when she was much younger) but further on the cubs not really showed interest in meat. Until yesterday. A mixture of minced meat, game meat and a bit of cream was something little Olive could very much appreciate. Today she already seemed to be waiting for her treat, and as you can see on the photos she now even started eating the meat-mix herself from the bowl.
Feline was outside eating her own dinner, we didn’t want her near as for sure she would not share this treat with her little one. Funny to see that when both finished their meal, Olive went straight on to mom Feline who offered her milk supply and both were very satisfied again.
With an incredible feeling of sadness and loss we have to inform you all that little Kali, one of the proud cubs of Feline and Felipe, no longer is with us. From what we can see and “understand” this was due to a very unfortunate incident, but not new for the agile and climbing leopards. Feline must have taken him with her (and Felicia) on the roof, and this was too high for Kali to climb on or fall off himself. Next what was seen they were all down again and inside their den, and after that the females were found distressed, Feline made Anton (WCW S.A. co-owner) see something happened in her behaviour as she was very grumpy. He for sure wasn’t dead instantly, as his neck wasn’t broken, must have been internal injuries, so it seemed they were all lying together as normal, but a bit later Feline was pacing up and down with Kali, and he appeared to be dead. Felicia probably gave her time alone as she was with Olive in the other side, and clearly sad too as she refused her dinner.
This is so unexpected and sad….but sadly nature and we do want them to give a natural life as possible….the mothers not always take decisions we understand, or they don’t realise the danger, and on the other hand incidents are happening all of the time, it is only very sad if it happens to this innocent and so very healthy cub. We now can only try our hardest not to get a repeat with Olive. This morning Feline and Olive, and also Felicia, were close to each other again, but Feline was clearly searching for Kali still.
R.I.P. little boy, we don’t know why these things have to happen in life, but you can be assured you were much loved from the start by mom Feline, “aunty” Felicia and by all of us at Wild Cats World.
Up-date African wildcat female Louise and kittens
29/12/2015: All goes well with the African wildcat kittens, they seem full so Louise has enough milk. Since the second morning Louise allows him in with her and the kittens in the nighthouse she moved them to.
She is very mobile, so the kittens go from one place to the other, depending on temperatures. But Louise is a very protective mommy.
Female Sid, usually the most assertive one, doesn’t dare to come too close, after a warning of Louise.
African wildcat kittens born, Wednesday December 23rd 2015
For now all goes well…kittens are drinking, so for the coming time growing up and staying healthy is first priority. Purely bred African wildcats can be released in reserves, so who knows what the future brings…..
Last famous words of 2015, to all supporters of Wild Cats World & Wild Cats Magazine