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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 14:38

The Berlin Zoo is celebrating the first birth of Rusty-Spotted Cats in its 168-year history. Rusty-Spotted Cats are the world's smallest wild cats, weighing only 2.0 to 3.5 lb (0.9 to 1.6 kg) as adults.

The two kittens were born on August 5, and have only recently begun to leave their den to explore their exhibit. Playful, clumsy, and a little awkward, the two female youngsters are a delight to zoo guests. At birth, kittens typically weigh just 2.0-2.7 ounces (60-77 g).

Native only to Sri Lanka and India, these diminuitive cats are classified as Vulnerable due to habitat loss and the conversion of wild lands to farms. Rusty-Spotted Cats prefer dense forests and grasslands, emerging at night to hunt for rodents, birds, and lizards.

Little is known about these secretive cats, and few zoos display this species, making these two kitttens especially important for the captive population.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 14:39

Here kitty kitty kitty.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 14:41

Is there anything cuter than a kitten, except for sphinx cats but maybe their kittens are cute?

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:31

I want one. :wub:

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 15:41

Cuteness overloaaaaad!

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 17:49

omg so cute :wub:

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 17:54

Karma post if I ever saw one lol.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 21:52

I noticed the rounded ear tips -- that's unusual.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 23:50

This is the cutest little thing.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:40

KInda looks like my kitty avatar!!

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:57

Great story Hum. finally something that's nice

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:03

Hum needs to post more positive stuff like this....

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 23:07

Hum needs to post more positive stuff like this....


He might if you pay him to. :p

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 23:13

Hum needs to post more positive stuff like this....


Humans need to create more nice stuff. ;)

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 00:02

Oh God that is so cute. How can something so cute exist.



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