International Society For Endangered Cats

A Voice For The Wild Cats of the World

Black-footed Tree Climber

"Young male Jason taking refuge in a camelthorn tree when the tracking vehicle approached him in long grass. This is unusual behaviour seen only rarely." A. Sliwa

It was once stated from studies of captive cats that Black-footed Cats do not like to climb and are poor jumpers. Despite their rather stocky body shape and short tails, they have been seen to readily climb trees and fence posts to investigate for birds nests, but generally there is little food in the scarce trees in comparison to rodents and birds resting on the ground at night. For a small small cat, frequent jumps after flying birds of up to 2 m far and 1.5 m high cannot declare them as poor jumpers either.

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