Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Black-Footed Cat: smallest & adorable yet deadly animal

    It is often said that big things come in small packages, but it may never be more true than with Africa's smallest feline The Black-Footed Cat. Black-Footed Cat is definitely one of cutest cat species that ever i see. I personally think that  every cat lovers would love to have black-footed cat as their companion (pet).  However, this species of cat has been listed as vulnerable species since 2002 and it's native to the continent of Africa. 


    Actually, Black-Footed Cat also known as Felis nigripes (scientific name) is not a domestic cat. This species of cat is a wild cat just like tiger and leopard which live in the forest. Black-Footed cat weighs in at only 2 kg (4.5 lbs), but that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the most prolific feline hunters on the continent (even better than it's big cousin, the lion). Don't be fooled by it's cute oversized eyes and cuddly exterior - this cat can hunt, as you will see in the video below. The BFC's choice of prey in the clip may be a bit questionable, but there is no denying its speed, tenacity and confident swagger.

    Perhaps because of its size, the black-footed cat is often overlooked and ignored. Compared to its big relatives in Africa like the leopard and lion it doesn't get much attention. At this point the BFC is listed as vulnerable and we still have much to learn about this amazing creature. What we do know is that these small wild cats are an essential link in the African eco-system and their survival is imperative. It has been estimated that there may be as few as only 1000 left in the wild.

   This awesome cat species will going to be extinct soon if we didn't do our part to protect them. We can play our part too to help this poor black-footed cat from extinct by educated our family and friend. Black-Footed Cat Working Group is conversation, non-profit group which is now working on this species conversation. If you have any extra pocket money, you can also donate to "Black-Footed Cat Working Group" in their website. Let's do our part for protecting this vulnerable species from going to extinction. I hope their fate don't end up just like dodo bird or tasmanian tiger


  1. Baby animals are really cute and these three are no exception. Absolutely adorable! Miniature cats

  2. Except that they aren't miniature cats. They're an endangered wild animal lol

  3. I have adopted a cross-breed - found abandoned in a flower bed near a mall around 4 weeks old. He is the sweetest and fiercest creature. Two of my other cats have accepted him, but another rescue of mine is very wary and hisses at him...

  4. It looks like a Bengal cat and a Savannah cat. These are domestic cats. So if you can't get a BFC, you can get one of these.


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