A pair of black-footed cat kittens are starting on a carnivorous diet at the San Diego Zoo. Although the pair look like cute house cats, their species is said to be the world's deadliest. (July 13)
CHELSEA DAVIS: The black-footed cat is a nocturnal cat species found in southern Africa. They are considered the deadliest cat in the world with a success rate of 60% on all of their hunts. Today what we saw was a typical feeding. We feed our kittens and cats by tongs, and this allows us to make sure that the cats don't associate our hands with food, so we avoid bites but also make sure that we're far enough distance back that the cats feel comfortable approaching us for their food.
Black-footed cats are considered vulnerable to extinction, which means that their numbers are doing OK for now, but in the near future, we could see that change. There's roughly about less than 10,000 black-footed cats [? still ?] left out in the wild.