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Rare Sand Kitten Born





Nearly extinct in the Middle East, the rare Sand Cat has finally been bred in captivity--and the results are cute as can be!  I mean, really. Cute cute cute!
After 63 days of gestation, a rare Sand Cat Kitten was born at Israel's Zoological Center Tel Aviv Ramat Gan - Safari. Once plentiful in numbers in the dunes of Israel, the Sand Cat has become extinct in the region. This is Safari Zoo's first successful Sand Cat birth and it is hoped this kitten will join Israel's Sand Cat Breeding Program in order to help reintroduce the species into the wild.

Three weeks ago, the kitten's mother Rotem refused to go into the night chamber at the end of the day. Keepers let her stay outside and the next night she gave birth to a tiny baby in the den in the outdoor enclosure. Keepers first saw the kitten when it poked it's tiny head and looked out from the den.

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Thanks, Riboflavintx! That's the internet for ya ...three pages worth of information on kittens, when any other kind of encyclopedia would have just said "see: CAT"
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