It’s always an exciting event at a zoo when rare animals are brought in. Add the fact that this particular mammal has been extinct in your country for a while and it’s truly a momentous occasion. That’s what happened at the Tel Aviv Zoo in Israel. A group of sand cat kittens were brought in to be part of an exhibit. This video shows these kittens in all their cute glory – though if you are squeamish about seeing them eating mice or rats, avoid it.
These sand cats were extinct in Israel, but there has been a successful effort to breed them in captivity. They must be in a zoo, these are not animals that you can domesticate and keep at home. I’m sure there are some really rich people out there that would love to try, though, just as a status symbol. These are the same people that you hear stories about them being eaten by their “pet” lions and tigers. Let the zoo handle them.
I have to say that these cats are adorable. Yes, they are still kittens, but they look like they will grow into handsome or beautiful cats, depending on their gender. I could have really done without seeing them eat dead rats or mice, but hey, they have to eat to live, no? I was at a nature preserve when a worker dropped a live mouse in with a snake. That was theater I could have definitely skipped, but it was mesmerizing in its own way…
These sand cats are very similar to a house cat, but there are extra pads on their feet and they have larger ears, all the better for them to adapt to living in a desert. Well, the name “sand cats” is a large enough hint there – it’s not because the color of their fur is the same as sand. It’s a shame that they became endangered, but it looks like they are on the rebound. Hope that this group helps them on the way to the goal of becoming un-endangered.
These sand cats are SO cute. What did you think? Be sure to leave a comment for us below!
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