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A wild cat that few people know about

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For this beauty, the Chinese are ready to pay a round sum, and the Thai will be happy with only one of her hair, which will be kept close to his heart. For the beauty herself, this is more of a disaster than a reason for pride. Alas, everything that has value for a person quickly becomes rare and inaccessible, as she ...

Asian golden cat or cat Temminck(Catopuma temminckii) - a beautiful and very rare (now rare) creation of nature that lives in the southern and eastern forests of China, on the Indochina Peninsula and Sumatra. Interestingly, the cat got its name in honor of the zoologist Konrad Jacob Temminck, who actually described a completely different cat - the African golden cat, which is not directly related to the Asian golden cat. However, due to the fact that both cats live in similar conditions, their appearance and anatomy were similar. This phenomenon is called convergent evolution. I already told you about the African golden cat, so you can compare it yourself, but for now let's return to our Asian woman.

The Temminck cat is a fairly large animal. Its length can reach one meter, and together with a long tail - one and a half meters. As you know, animals judge the size of an adversary not by volume, but by length. Consequently, in the understanding of other animals living in the forests of Southeast Asia, the golden Chinese cat seems to be a rather dangerous enemy. The Thais even have a legend according to which the cat Temminck was able to defeat the tiger. Personally, it seems impossible to me, but some Thais still believe that if you go into the forest, take the hair of a golden cat with you, it will scare off the tiger ...

Like most cats, Temminck's cat prefers solitude. Unites in pairs only for the duration of the mating season. It feeds mainly on rodents and birds, but is able to overwhelm even a deer.

As the name implies, the color of the coat has a golden hue, but black individuals are also found, which is typical for all cats living in dense forests.

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