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This is a Leopard Cat, photo taken by Wikipedia user F. Spangenberg.

The Leopard cat lives in South and East Asia. They were listed in 2002 as least concern by IUCN, because although threatened by habitat loss, they were widely distributed. They are small wild cats, in the tropics weighing 0.55-3.b kilograms, and they have a h.b. length of 38.8-66 cm. In China and Siberia, they weigh up to 7.1 kilograms, and have a h.b. of 75 cm. They put on weight for Winter, and get thinner in Spring. Leopard cats have a s. h. of 41 cm. Their faces are very marked, with 2 dark streaks, and white lines over a tawny background. They have a white underbelly, and black spots covering tawny fur. The China/Siberia leopard cats look so different from the other leopard cats, that people originally believed them to be different species, but they’re the same. Leopard cats are carnivourous, and they eat mammals, insects, amphibians, birds, eggs, grass, and aquatic animals. They don’t play with their food, unlike many cats. They breed in colder areas around March and April, and in Southern areas, any time of the year. They have a gestation period of 60-70 days, and later, 2-4 kittens are born. The kittens remain in the den for a month, and are mature at 18 months. They can live for 10-15 years.

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