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Old 06-20-2019, 06:10 AM
 
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Rumors of these cats have been around for centuries mostly by shepherds on the island of Corsica. It was believed up until a few years ago, they were just mythological creatures. They've been called "fox cats" because of their tails and large canines. DNA testing is showing they are not the same cat as the European wild cat nor domestic cat and very likely a new unidentified species of wild cat found no where else.



Every once in a while nature throws us a bone when we think we know everything already.

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-corsic...l-species.html
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:16 AM
 
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:22 AM
 
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Very interesting! i hope the new species isn't endangered.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:05 AM
 
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Very interesting! i hope the new species isn't endangered.
From what I've read, it will take another 2-4 years of scientific study to recognize them as a distinct species, and going through the legal hoops to give them full protection status. They seem to be doing well, although very little is known about them including mating and eating habits. They live in dense brush and forests which provides them cover from what is their only natural predator, the golden eagle and they are nocturnal making them very hard to find.

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Old 06-20-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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Excellent!
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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I just read this yesterday I think. Other than the bushy tail, they appear to be very feline to me, even like an average house cat. Interesting discovery and they're pretty in the pix.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:04 PM
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Something else!
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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I just read this yesterday I think. Other than the bushy tail, they appear to be very feline to me, even like an average house cat. Interesting discovery and they're pretty in the pix.
They are 100% cats (felines) of most likely an unknown species. They are however larger than house cats measuring about 3 ft long from head to tip of tail. They have shorter ears, larger canines, striped in a certain fashion and have a ringed tail usually ending in a black tip. I think so far, 16 individuals have been recognized.
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Old 06-20-2019, 04:55 PM
 
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Wow! I love this. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:29 PM
 
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I wonder how many people are scheming to get one for a pet, just because of the novelty
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