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A "stone tiger" was found in Pingliang, Gansu, hiding in the grass on the shore, trying to hunt wild ducks in the river

Time:2023-02-03 12:32:32 author:Beast Read:487次
A "stone tiger" was found in Pingliang, Gansu, hiding in the grass on the shore, trying to hunt wild ducks in the river

After the ecological environment has been improved, the types and numbers of wild animals have also increased. In the past few years, people can feel the increase of wild animals around them. The wild animals that were hard to see even in the rural mountains in the past are now even appearing in some urban areas. Such as raccoon dog, wild boar, leopard cat, etc., there are related sightings in many places. Recently, a wild leopard cat was found in Chongxin County, Pingliang, Gansu Province. Chongxin County is located in the core area of ​​the Jingwei River basin in the middle and upper reaches of the Yellow River. Thanks to so many years of efforts, the ecosystem has been greatly improved. The discovery of the leopard cat is also the first local discovery in recent decades. (Photo by Yan Heping)

The leopard cat hid by the river and eyed the wild duck in the water

The leopard cat is a small cat family Animals are widely distributed in most parts of my country, and are the most widely distributed and most numerous among the 13 wild cat species in my country. Due to their large distribution range and wide latitude, populations in different habitats will also have certain differences in appearance. The southern population is mainly pale yellow or light brown, while the northern population is grayish. The leopard cat is about the same size as the domestic cat, but it is more slender than the domestic cat, with more slender limbs and a smaller head proportion. Such a body structure is obviously much more flexible than a domestic cat. (Photo by Yan Heping) This leopard cat that appeared in Chongxin County, Pingliang, Gansu Province, has a grayish-white coat and deeper markings, apparently belonging to the northern species. I saw it appearing on the bank of the river, hiding its figure with the help of the lush weeds, it noticed the wild ducks in the river, and the cat was approaching them quietly. Judging from the situation, the wild ducks in the river obviously did not notice the arrival of the leopard cat, and still foraged and played in the water. Like tigers, leopard cats use ambush as their predation method. They move quickly and have high agility. However, because the wild duck and the leopard cat are separated by a river this time, and the soil on the river bank is soft and rotten, it is obviously not conducive to the leopard cat to attack. (Photo by Yan Heping) As expected, the ocelot fluttered in the air, and in the end could only watch a group of wild ducks escape.

The leopard cat is popularly known as "Stone Tiger" and has a ferocious personality

The leopard cat mainly lives in low-altitude areas, and the upper limit of distribution does not exceed 3000 meters above sea level. They are highly adaptable to the environment, and are distributed in forests, bushes, wetlands, artificial forests, and even some farmlands. The leopard cat has black markings all over its body, like a small leopard, so it is easy to be misunderstood by people. Although an adult leopard cat weighs only 1.5-5 kilograms, it does look like a leopard cub, but they are much more ferocious than leopard cubs. They act fast and kill decisively. They are called "stone tigers" by the people. can be seen. Ocelots are all-around hunters. They are agile and good at climbing trees. They can go to the trees to catch squirrels, dig out bird eggs, and sneak up on birds that rest at night. They are also good at swimming and can go into the water to catch fish, crabs and other aquatic creatures. On weekdays, leopard cats like to be active in places near water such as river banks, lakes, and ponds, because these places are often areas with a large number of small animals, and the probability of foraging in these places is higher. Generally speaking, some large water birds such as wild ducks are not the main prey objects of leopard cats, but when they encounter them, leopard cats do not refuse. Just like this leopard cat found in Chongxin County, although the success rate will be lower than onshore predation, they will actively try.

It is the nemesis of rodents, and it will also enter the village to steal chickens to eat

The activities of leopard cats have certain rules. They are nocturnal species and generally hide in trees during the day. They rest in caves and rock crevices, and come out for food in the evening, and even stay up all night until the early hours of the morning before returning to the cave to rest. Ocelots are not large, so their prey are mainly small animals, such as mice, flying squirrels, squirrels, frogs, insects and so on. In particular, all kinds of rodents are the main prey of the leopard cat, accounting for the vast majority of its diet, so the leopard cat is also known as the nemesis of rodents. Hare is the upper limit of the size of the prey they can catch. If it exceeds this size, it is more difficult for leopard cats. In non-essential situations, they generally do not take the risk of leapfrog hunting. In some places, leopard cats are also called "chasing chickens and tigers". Do you know why? Mainly due to their habit, like weasels, leopard cats will steal chickens to eat. Some individuals living near Linyuan Village often sneak into the village at night to steal poultry. Their ability to steal chickens is no worse than that of weasels, but because their reputation in this regard is far less than that of weasels, most of the time, people will put the blame on the weasels, which have taken the blame for the leopard cat. But things always come to light, especially in the southern region, where there are fewer weasels, but more leopard cats. Gradually, people know that the real culprits are actually leopard cats, so they are called "chasing chickens and tigers". Generally speaking, with the expansion of human activity areas, the habitats of wild animals will shrink. Since the Industrial Revolution, the rapid urbanization of human beings has led to the destruction of habitats of wild animals, and generally presents a trend of "people advancing and beasts retreating" . However, in the long contact with humans, a small number of wild animals have adapted to urban life and settled in the city. The leopard cat is one of the representatives of this small group of animals, which can live in urban parks, urban wetlands and even green belts. For example, in places such as Tanglang Mountain and Yangmeikeng in Shenzhen, if you find a "wild cat" with spots, it is likely to be a leopard cat. Follow me and make a friend who understands animals.


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