Wild Cat Wednesdays, as you know, might be getting a little repetitive but guess what?? That’s no problem. Wild Cat Wednesdays honor all cats from small too big and the IUCN Red List is a great source of information. So, what we kitties would like to do is go through every cat A-Z on ‘Wild’ Cat Wednesdays and ‘Threatened Cat’ Thursdays. Of course, these are cats that don’t have their own specific day and we’d start at with cats that start with an A in no particular order.
Meet the Andean Mountain Cat. Note the photo is from Wikipedia.
A: It's also known just as the Andean Cat.
B: It lives in Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Peru.
C: They are Classified by the IUCN as 'endangered.'
D: They have been seen during the daytime.
E: Canadian Researchers say they live on the Eastern side of the Andes.
F: They are the most endangered, small Feline in the Americas.
G: This cat is ash-Grey and it has brown and yellowish splotches with vertical stripes.
H: When it comes to Hunting, they don't specialize.
I: Andean Indians think their pelts are very powerful.
J: Juveniles are lighter than adults.
K: It sometimes is Killed because of superstition.
L: It's Length is 22-25 inches and it weighs maybe 12 pounds.
M: Mountain Visacha is a main prey.
N: Night seems to be their favorite time of day
O: Observations of their behavior is rare. They are not seen enough, obviously.
P: The Population is decreasing.
Q: Even though there are protections, some have not Quit using this cat for ancient ceremonies.
R: Rare is a word tossed out a lot about this cat but I don't think anyone really has a clue on how rare or how many there actually are.
S: Supposedly, they are Solitary with the exception of seeing a mom with her kittens.
T: Some believe their Tail is used for balance.
U: Sometimes you have to wonder if they like to hide Under rocky piles for protection.
V: Vegetation is sparse in the Andean Mountains which is the home of this cat.
W: The Weather in their home is nasty. It's a lot of snow and sleet.
X: If anything drives these animals to eXtinction it might be the fact mining is done in protected areas.
Y: Unfortunately, throughout the Years, not enough information has been gathered about this cat since they are so rarely seen.
Z: There seems to be a new 'Zest' about saving these animals because there are stronger poaching laws in these countries.