International Society For Endangered Cats

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Black-footed Birth Dens

"One week old kitten of female Ilse, left in termite mound while the mother was out hunting." A Sliwa

From early on, Black-footed kittens are tough survivors. A female spends just four days with her kittens before returning to her nocturnal hunting routine. She warms and nurses her young in daylight hours. The most common dens are abandoned springhare burrows. Other dens included old hollowed out termite mounds, which earned them their widely used Afrikaans name “miershooptier,” meaning anthill tiger.

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2 responses to “Black-footed Birth Dens

  1. mimi February 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

    It’s a good thing Dr Sliwa is out there, he’s probably scaring the predators away. And this small cat might have vanished forever without his patient work.

  2. davidsudestDavid February 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Ilse, cute little kitty; Dr Sliwa has a wonderful job !

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