Now I grew up in Jersey (Trenton) So I know this is not something y'all do out there but it makes for fun. You post your pet pictures for fun and it makes for some funny posts. We do it on the west side and it's a good time. Like I keep getting in trouble for keeping a wild animal. Anyways, if y'all are interested here:
Picture of him as an adult, "walking" up the face of our furniture. He frequently did this by hooking his front claws through the surface of the wood's finish, then walking vertically and casually up the face of the furniture, then over the top to "hang out" up there. If he felt like it, he would and has done this to the walls - walked right up the face of the wall, then hooked his claws into the ceiling, and traveled upside down on the ceiling a distance. http://frederic.midimonkey.com/temp/...T/NOV08_17.JPG
And here is him lying on his back, relaxing. Do not be fooled, he could go from this "relaxed" position to having half your hand in his mouth in about 0.15 seconds, leaving your hand with cat spit and four deep puncture wounds that would require stitches. http://frederic.midimonkey.com/temp/...s1-7-04JPG.jpg
I will miss him.
While they are domestic cat sized, they are not domestic in behavior. Instead of walking, they slink. They are also much stronger for their size than a domestic cat - able to leap much further, they run faster, and if they swat you with their claws retracted you'll have a black-and-blue mark for sure. If the claws are not retracted when you get swatted, again you'll need stitches. At night, when you can't see anything, all you will see are two greenish-yellow round ***** - their eyes are huge and protrude slightly, and reflect the slightest bit of light from say, your clock radio.
They are true hunters. Most domestics will hunt, swat, bite and kill mice and Asian Leopards certainly can do that however they are not afraid of dogs twice or trice their size. They'll pretend to be "fluffy housecat" like when cornered, until you (or a dog, or whatever) get to just the right distance away for a perfect attack, and while you blink the asian leopard goes from "cornered fluffy housecat" to violently attached to your body drawing blood. They are incredibly fast. Wild Kingdom fast. I've accumulated video over the years where really all you see is a furry blur.
A little info:
The Leopard Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a small wild cat of Southeast Asia. On average it is as large as a domestic cat, but there are considerable regional differences: in Indonesia the average size is 45 cm, plus 20 cm tail, while it is 60 cm/40 cm in the Amur region. The fur is also quite variable: it is yellow in the southern populations, but silver-grey in the northern ones. The chest and the lower part of the head are white. Leopard Cats bear black markings, that may be - dependent on the subspecies - spots or rosettes. It is a nocturnal animal, and usually eats rodents, birds, fish, reptiles, small mammals. It is usually a solitary animal except for the mating season. It has litters of 2 to 4 kittens and the gestation period can vary from 65 to 70 days.
The habitat of this cat is forests and rainforest both in low and mountainous areas, usually not arid areas. It lives close to watercourses and may be found in heights up to 3000 m. The Leopard Cat can climb trees skilfully. It is also able to swim, but will seldom do so.
The Leopard Cat is a nocturnal animal hunting for rodents, hares, birds and even bats. When entering villages, they may become dangerous for the poultry.
BTW, frederic, I am truly sorry for your loss. As an owner of a wild animal, or any animal... I Really know how hard it is when they go. But thanks for sharing the pics. I especially liked the one when she was climbing the wall! HAHAHAHA. My dog and wolf couldn't chase her up there. They terrorize my domestic cat. But I bet the wouldn't have f'd with yours for too long. OUCH!
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i don't have any pictures of "timber", my watch dog from the old shop.
she was 60% timber wolf, and 200% loyal. no one got in the yard, unless they were supposed to be there. when you were hired, all it would take was for me to walk up to her with you and tell her you were allowed in the yard.
on the same lines, if you were let go, i would walk up to her with you, and tell her you were not allowed in the yard anymore. and god forbid if you tried to come in after the gate was closed after she was told you were not allowed in there anymore.
she could also climb a 10 ft chain link fence, and did it quite often.
she departed this world 12 years ago, at the age of 8 years old, when she partook in one of her favorite past times, chasing the ups truck. she saw the truck coming, and took off like a rocket out the gate, just as a dump truck was coming in the gate. the snow plow attachment point on the front axle had a long bolt sticking down, and as she went under it, she did a tuck and roll, but the bolt caught her and the damage it did ended up killing her before i could get her to the vet hospital 5 miles down the road.
that was also the last pet i had. dogs and trucks just don't get along favorably
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*****. That is a truly sad story. And I have known those TimberWolves. They are a cunning intelligent breed. Very loyal if you get them as pups. Im sorry, that's gotta be rough.
You know, several people now have told me it's illegal for me to own an Arctic Wolf. So I checked out the laws today and according to federal law, it's up to the state. And According to Washington(where I live) its up to the county. And I'm In the stix so my county doesn't give a damn. 1 for the good guys, I keep my wolf!
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And thanks guys for the condolences. He was a handful, and I told anyone who visited "do not try to pet the cat" and sadly, many of them didn't listen and had stitches immediately after.
Though when my son was born, and sleeping in a baby basket on the coffee table while I watched TV several hours a day, Spike (the asian leopard) would sneak into the baby basket, lying on his side around my son, and put one paw over his chest and nestle in tightly.
Babies he liked. Adults, he considered food
Anyway, nice diversion this thread was, but I have to get back to rotors before my crewcab embeds my floor jack into the driveway permanently.
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