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February 7, 2016

 

Wildcat (felis silvestris) Driving on the road between the Prespa lakes today a wildcat ran in front of the car.  It scrambled up the nearest tree not 10 metres from the road and watched us from there.

 

 

"The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat native to most of Africa, Europe, and Southwest and Central Asia into India, western China, and Mongolia. Because of its wide range it is assessed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red Listsince 2002. However, crossbreeding of wildcat and domestic cat ( Felis silvestris catus) occurs in particular in Europe and is considered a potential threat for the preservation of the wild species.

The European wildcat is striped, has long fur and a bushy tail with a rounded tip, and is larger than a domestic cat.

 

The wildcat is the ancestor of the domestic cat. Genetic, morphological and archaeological evidence suggests that domestication of Old-World wildcats began approximately 7500 years BCE in the Fertile Crescent region of the Near East."

- Wikipedia

 

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