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Foothill Felines Bengals/Savannahs
This unique wild cat is one of the smallest living types of feline. Males can reach 4 pounds at maturity, while most adult females weigh half that much. Black footed cats are considered a vulnerable species, but can be found in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and to a small extent into parts of Zimbabwe. This cat species prefers arid semi-desert and savannah regions, like the Karoo and parts of the highveld. There are only a few in the Kalahari Desert.
Usually, this is a shy animal which seeks refuge at the slightest disturbance. However, when cornered it is known to defend itself fiercely. Due to this habit and its courage (especially given it's tiny size), the Black Footed Cat is called the "Miershooptier" (Anthill Tiger) in parts of the South African Karro. Rarely, it uses termite mounds for cover and for bearing its young. In the tales of the San (indigenous hunter-gatherers of the Kalahari) the Black-footed Cat is an extremely brave animal, and attacks even the tall Giraffe by piercing its jugular. Obviously, this smallest of felines has earned the respect of the humans it has come into contact with.
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