Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your best guesses in the comments.  If your best guess is CAT – you’re on notice.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is optional but if you choose to do that, I hope all of them are CAT.  Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow.

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13 thoughts on “Name That Animal

  1. The cutest little cat ever that I just want to pick up and hug and kiss and call George. Which means it is probably an Asian Leopard cat that will rip my face off if I get to close.

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  2. Is that a Bengal cat? Somebody in my neighborhood lost one a couple of weeks ago, and IIRC the picture they posted looked a lot like that kitty.

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  3. Tough one! I’m going to guess … either mountain cat, pampas cat, or ma-a-a-ybe European wild cat. Those are the ones I can think of off-hand that look most like tabby cats.

    Or George. That’s it.

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  4. ANSWER TIME

    CAT.

    Only joking.

    This is a black-footed cat. From the Wiki entry:

    The black-footed cat, or small-spotted cat (Felis nigripes) is the smallest African cat, and is endemic in the southwest arid zone of the southern African subregion. It is one of the lesser-studied African carnivores, and is listed as Vulnerable by IUCN since 2002.

    The black-footed cat is one of the smallest cat species. Adult resident males weigh on average 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) and a maximum of 2.45 kg (5.4 lb). Adult resident females weigh on average 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) and a maximum of 1.65 kg (3.6 lb). Males reach a head-to-body length of 36.7 to 43.3 cm (14.4 to 17.0 in) with tails 16.4 to 19.8 cm (6.5 to 7.8 in) long. Females are smaller with a maximum head-to-body-length of 36.9 cm (14.5 in) and tails 12.6 to 17.0 cm (5.0 to 6.7 in) long. The shoulder height is about 25 centimetres (9.8 in).[5]

    Only the pads and underparts of its feet are black, which gives the black-footed cat its name.

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    1. I looked ’em up – I love it when I don’t know what a critter is, it’s such fun – and found this photo that shows the feet of one:

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      1. You have to get really close to this cat to see the black feet – way closer than I’d want to get. I wonder why someone thought that would be a good distinguishing feature to use to name them.

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