Egyptian wildcat

Egyptian wildcat

also called  Caffre cat  or  African wildcat 
 small, tabbylike cat (family Felidae (feline)) found in open and forested regions of Africa, Asia, and southern Europe. Possibly the first cat to be domesticated, the Egyptian wildcat is somewhat larger and stockier than the modern house cat, with which it interbreeds readily. Its coat, paler in the female, is light or orange brown with narrow, dark stripes. The length of the animal is about 70 cm (28 inches), excluding the 40-centimetre tail; shoulder height averages 23 cm (9 inches), and the cat weighs about 3.5 kg (7.7 pounds). The Egyptian wildcat is a solitary, nocturnal hunter that preys mainly on birds and small mammals. Mating generally occurs early in the year, and a litter of two to five kittens is born about 56 days later. Geographic races of this species inhabit the Mediterranean islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Majorca, and Crete.

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