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By Don Pinnock

What is your cat as much as when you are now not round? Do dragons exist? Are clouds alive? Why did 3 males possibility their lives for a unmarried penguin egg? those are only the various questions and tales questioned over by means of award-winning trip author and naturalist Don Pinnock during this assortment assembled from years of wandering round Africa. A humorous, exciting and thought-provoking ebook.

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But there are those that adopted a strategy that has served them well – secrecy. Like all apes we have seized the day and sleep by night. They have become nocturnal, silent with eyes that drink moonlight and penetrate the dark like sharpened daggers. One of those is the leopard, and you have probably been watched by one and never known. Another is the African black-footed cat. And it’s furry dynamite. African folklore will tell you it can rip the jugular out of a giraffe. While certainly not true, the smallest feline in Africa is extremely ferocious for its size – a cat with attitude and the highest kill rate of any feline in the world.

They use us for their purposes and have done so for thousands of years. And mostly we adore them. If that’s not being smart, then intelligence needs a new definition. The poet TS Eliot noticed their mysterious self-possession. ’ The cats to whom I will introduce you have the sort of misguided names of which no self-respecting felis would approve. They include Truffles, Stompie, Bengie, Lulu-Belle, Smudge, Peanut, Scamp and, heaven forbid, Drooler. They were induced to take part in a study by University of Cape Town researcher Sharon George of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute in 2012.

And it’s furry dynamite. African folklore will tell you it can rip the jugular out of a giraffe. While certainly not true, the smallest feline in Africa is extremely ferocious for its size – a cat with attitude and the highest kill rate of any feline in the world. This leopard-spotted ball of intent catches, on average, one prey animal every 50 minutes, chomping countless birds, reptiles, insects and around 3 000 rodents a year. Lions, cheetahs or leopards are slouches by comparison. Felis nigripes, to give the cat its proper name, has a head size about the same as a regular moggy, but is around half the weight – between one and two kilograms.

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