Saturday, April 12, 2014

And The Mystery Cat Is -

*drumroll please*
- but wait! First let me congratulate the feline experts who correctly guessed the Who Am I? cat this week!

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said:

It looks like an Ocelot to us...they are beautiful cats

speedyrabbit said:

The Margay which is slightly smaller than The Ocelot but

they look very similar in colour and markings and shape of 

head and body so it could be either,both found in Texas. But 

There is a breeding colony of Ocelots so I expect that this

 beauty is an Ocelot

PhotoCredit: Annie Griffiths Belt

SquirrelQueen said:

What a beauty! My guess would also be an Ocelot. Wouldn't 

it be wonderful if their numbers would grow and come back to 

a healthy population.

Congratulations to them on their ocelot savvy.  I second their 

sentiments regarding the recovery of ocelot numbers.

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

 Defenders of Wildlife said this about this kitten on April 8:

The baby ocelot recently photographed by remote trail cameras on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is cause for celebration. The kitten is estimated to be 3-5 months old, and brings hope to a tiny population—and when we say tiny, we mean it! This baby brings the total number of these great cats on the south Texas refuge to 12.

Twelve! Since she's a female, maybe she will grow up to add to 

that number herself.

 Ocelots are endangered in their entire range. These smaller 

relatives of the jaguar are found in another Texan population in 

adjacent counties: there are 25 ocelots in that group. Unfortunately, 

these populations are isolated from each other, so they aren't able to

 expand the genetic diversity of either group.

Some Sonoran ocelots have ventured into Arizona, as known from

 a trail camera, two sightings, and one road casualty.
Photo Credit: FWS
I'm worth saving,  aren't I!


  1. these were one of our Moms favorite cats to visit at the wild life sanctuary - that is how she knew what they were :)

  2. They are beautiful and deffinately worth saving,xx Speedy

  3. They are lovely and of course we have heard of them but we could not put the picture to the name. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. She is a beautiful little girl. I hope she grows up big and strong and is able to increase the population.

  5. She is a beauty. good guessing everyone who got it right!

  6. Awww he is such a cutie!!
    I would love to have him as pet...but in the wild is his best place

  7. They are so beautiful! How sad that there are so few of them.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  8. All wildlife is worth saving in my book! What a fun little guessing game!
    *high paws*

  9. Oh dang it we missed the what is it contest. Mom loves anything feline like. The Ocelot is gorgeous.
    Hugs madi and mom

  10. That is such a beautiful cat - I really hope they can prosper and we see more around!

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)


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