Discover the Elusive Sand Cat: A Fascinating Feline of the Desert
The sand dune cat, which is also called the desert cat, is easy to spot because of the way it looks. It has a wide, flat head with big ears on top that help it find both food and danger. The cat has thick fur on its paws, which helps it move around on loose, hot sand and keeps it warm. It has pale fur with fuzzy marks on its body and dark lines on its legs and tail. This species lives alone and prefers to hunt small rodents like gerbils, spiny mice, and jerboas at night. It will sometimes add a young hare, a snake, or a bug to its meal.
Did you know that the sand cat is a very special kind of cat? This amazing animal doesn’t need water to live at all! Instead, its food gives it all the water it needs. Even though it lives in some of the harshest places possible, the sand cat does well. Experts on conservation even put it on a list of species of least concern because it lives in a remote and empty place. Because sand cats are so rare and hard to study, experts don’t know much about them. So, it’s hard to tell if their numbers are going up or down.
The sand cat has been in the news lately because experts in the United Arab Emirates used camera traps to catch one in Abu Dhabi in 2015, after it had not been seen for ten years. These pictures could help us learn more about the animal that stays hidden. Kim Campbell Thornton is a famous writer who lives in Southern California. She writes about animal care, health, and habits, as well as marine and wildlife conservation.
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