17 03 2007

I saw parts of this documentary a long time ago (the segement with servals jumping after birds was absolutely amazing), this part featuring a Caracal going after some Springhares.

Watching the caracal stalk through the grass, a thought struck me. If you look closely you’ll see a little pronged tuft on the top of each of the caracals ears. Looking at the grass, I wonder if the tufts were selected for because of the habitat the cat hunts in; grass with small tufts at the tops. Being a noctural predator that hunts rodents, the cat would need big ears, but those same ears might be more likely to be visible above the grass, giving it away. Thus, the tufts would help disguise the tips of its ears, cats with the feature being more effective at catching prey and then the feature becoming a ubiquitous feature of the species. This is all conjecture of course, but I do wonder…

And of course, a cat is a cat is a cat, generally speaking, and here’s a photo of myself with my two lovely little carnivores, Chase (the white 6 year old with a tabby tail) and Charlotte (the black 6 month old with “secret stripes”).





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15 09 2011

Good Morning your site is realy pretty cool. Im sure I will come back to read interesting blogposts

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