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Amur Tiger Father Leads Family Through Snow

tiger family photo

Adult Male tiger leading mother and three cubs in Russia. Photo by: WCS, Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve, and Udegeiskaya Legenda National Park

First Ever Photos of Adult Male Amur Tiger with Family

A camera trap placed in the bitterly cold Russian forest snapped images of tigers. At first this might not sound so unusual, but captured on the camera were images of an adult male Amur tiger leading what is thought to be his family, a female and three cubs, through the snow. These images  are the first ever documenting a father Amur tiger with a mother and cubs.

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The Amur Tiger’s Cinderella Story



Amur tiger in snow

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

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Cat Selfies Wild Cats Caught on Camera Traps

Eddie Selfie

Eddie in an almost selfie

The Oxford University Press chose the word “selfies” as a 2013 Word of the Year!  I am sure not one of us has escaped being exposed to the  seemingly endless stream of  self portraits captured on mobile devices. While most folks try to pose showing off their best side, many of the selfies come out, well a bit out of focus, off center, and sometimes even only showing a part of the person’s face.   What CNN described as perhaps the most embarrassing phenomenon of the digital age,  has now been recognized  by  the guardian of the English language.

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Cats Love Calvin Klein Cologne Cat News Reader Opinion Poll

Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is the Cat’s Meow!

Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is the fragrance used to lure cats to remote cameras in the jungle.  Footage released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) shows an African golden cat checking out a camera trap in a protected rainforest in Uganda.  WCS scientists say they drew the cat out with Obsession for Men, which is commonly used in the field.

Scientific American also reported on the Obsession phenomenon, claiming that biologists use the fragrance to attract jaguars in Nicaragua.  The cologne is said to contain civetone, which is from the scent glands of a nocturnal animal called civets. The civetone is what gives Obsession for Men its musky note, but the scent is similar to a territorial marking, piquing the jaguars’ curiosity and encouraging them to leave their own scent

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Is Your Cat a Tree or Bush Dweller?

Sometimes I like to jump up to the top of my Cat Power Tower and survey the land. Other times, I like to sneak inside my Kat

Gracey napping on top of Cat Power Tower

Napping on top of my Cat Power Tower

Kabin and watch from down low.  I like having both options available to me at all times in my habitat.  When the sun room doors are closed and I can’t get access to my tower, I resort to jumping up behind the sofa and watching the front yard birds from the bay window.  Because of my love of both high and low places, I think I might be part leopard.

Leopards are Both  Tree  and Cave Dwellers

The leopard uses trees as observation posts,  and has been observed dragging prey several times its own weight up into a tree to cache the carcass for later meals.  The leopards’ scapula is uniquely attached to its muscles allowing the spotted cat to be   proficient at climbing and has a  locking wrist enabling  the cats superior tree climbing ability.

Even though I am not as good a climber as my big cat cousin, I like to think of myself as a leopard when I am sunning myself while napping on top of my tower.  There are times that I prefer to observe from the ground and our leopard cousins also prefer lower level living at times.

Leopards are tree dwellers

A leopard napping in a tree

While leopards are able to haul their prey up into a tree, perhaps  a more preferred method is one in which gravity works in the cats favor, and that would be dragging the carcass down into a cave. There have been references made in scientific literature about leopards using caves, including specific descriptions of caves that are leopards lairs. According to Charles Brain, author of the book The Hunters or the Hunted? An Introduction to African Cave Taphonomy, leopards use caves as retreats, feeding places, and breeding lairs.

I Feel Like a Bobcat in my Kat Kabin

Even though leopards also lurk about the ground, when I decide to curl up inside my Scratch Kabin I imagine that I am a bobcat out in the wild.

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