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 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 mother cat 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. We’re 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 smallest wild cat of South Africa (and second smallest of the world). Let’s hope and pray this cutie will pull through.
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