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Wild Sand Kittens Have Just Been Caught On Film For The First Time Ever And They’re Too Adorable
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Wild Sand Kittens Have Just Been Caught On Film For The First Time Ever And They’re Too Adorable

After four patient years of extensive research, sand cat kittens have finally been caught on camera for the very first time.

The cute kittens, aged between six to eight weeks old, were spotted by a big cat organization called Panthera, who spent around an hour taking images of the rare animals before radio-collaring an adult female believed to be their mother. The team, headed by biologists Grégory Breton and Dr. Alexander Sliwa, noticed the adorable kittens as they drove back to camp in the Moroccan Sahara in April this year. Spotting three pairs of eyes glowing in the darkness, the researchers couldn’t believe their luck when they realized what they’d found.

“Finding these tiny kittens was astonishing,” said Breton, managing director of Panthera France. “We believe this was the first time researchers ever documented wild sand cat kittens in their African range.”

Sand cats are the only species of wild cats that live exclusively in the desert. These tiny cats can be found in North Africa, The Middle East, and Central Asia, but as the research team discovered, actually locating them is incredibly difficult due to their extraordinary ability to evade detection. Their sand-colored coats make them hard to spot, and their furry paws mean they don’t leave any footprints in the sand. They only travel under cover of darkness and they always clear up after themselves, so the fact that the team was able to capture the amazing footage below is nothing short of remarkable. Scroll down to see for yourself. And no, before you ask, you cannot keep these adorable animals as pets.

More info: Panthera


Wild Sand Kittens Have Just Been Caught On Film For The First Time Ever And They're Too Adorable

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

 

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

 

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

Image credits: Grégory Breton

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Tomatoe
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4 years ago

The sand (or desert) cats must be visually cutest species on the planet. Thanks a lot for sharing the photos, but I sure hope the team will keep the location secret. It could fire back, having bunch of scrupulous low-life hunters on their trail, killing or capturing these for idiots wanting to have a rare trophy or a pet.

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

I typed out a similar comment... and scrolled down to see so many more people resonate the same sentiment of keeping these creatures away from malicious money-making eyes.... I am happy to see that there are some people who DO understand the importance of keeping locations secret so that the animals stay out of harms way! We'll continue making that difference!

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm right now reading a whole book on the 37 wild cat species found in existence. And of course, Felis margarita is the cutest species of them all. But I do hope no one starts looking for one as a pet, they are rare, like most cat species and they'd do better if they are left alone.

Steven Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

Too late. At least one wildlife rescue operation has had full grown sand cats delivered to it that were confiscated from private owners. The illegal wildlife trade is alive and well, for those who have enough money.

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Virgil Blue
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4 years ago

This is so cute I forgot how to human. Attempting reboot of how-to-act-human.exe

Nathan m
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4 years ago

reboot fail

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Tomatoe
Community Member
4 years ago

The sand (or desert) cats must be visually cutest species on the planet. Thanks a lot for sharing the photos, but I sure hope the team will keep the location secret. It could fire back, having bunch of scrupulous low-life hunters on their trail, killing or capturing these for idiots wanting to have a rare trophy or a pet.

Pi...
Community Member
4 years ago

I typed out a similar comment... and scrolled down to see so many more people resonate the same sentiment of keeping these creatures away from malicious money-making eyes.... I am happy to see that there are some people who DO understand the importance of keeping locations secret so that the animals stay out of harms way! We'll continue making that difference!

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Zori the degu
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm right now reading a whole book on the 37 wild cat species found in existence. And of course, Felis margarita is the cutest species of them all. But I do hope no one starts looking for one as a pet, they are rare, like most cat species and they'd do better if they are left alone.

Steven Allen
Community Member
4 years ago

Too late. At least one wildlife rescue operation has had full grown sand cats delivered to it that were confiscated from private owners. The illegal wildlife trade is alive and well, for those who have enough money.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
4 years ago

This is so cute I forgot how to human. Attempting reboot of how-to-act-human.exe

Nathan m
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4 years ago

reboot fail

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