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First Rusty-Spotted Cats in 168 Years

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Hum    6,930

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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Nothing Here    450

Here kitty kitty kitty.

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streetw0lf    202

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

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Hum    6,930

I want one. :wub:

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Rodrigo    43

Cuteness overloaaaaad!

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Jason S.    1,259

omg so cute :wub:

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

Karma post if I ever saw one lol.

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Hum    6,930

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

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Growled    3,880

This is the cutest little thing.

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remixedcat    2,766

KInda looks like my kitty avatar!!

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chrisj1968    1,416

Great story Hum. finally something that's nice

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remixedcat    2,766

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

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Growled    3,880

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

He might if you pay him to. :p

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Hum    6,930

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

Humans need to create more nice stuff. ;)

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siah1214    1,435

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

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I am Reid    45

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

no, they are just as ugly as adult sphynx cats, a quick image search reveals that they look a lot like a hairless mole rat with big ears.

hairless mole

http://www.scientifi...mole_rat(1).jpg

sphynx kitten

http://rapid-city.fr...-sphynx-cat.jpg

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