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Giant feral cats – the problem of Australia

The Internet is often talked about how dangerous it is to live in Australia. Because there are a lot of creepy creeping insects, and the coastal waters are teeming with big white sharks. However, the most dangerous species on the Green Continent are not the Belcher sea serpent or the Sydney sparrow spider (the most poisonous among themselves), but the animals from other countries. In other words, those that can be found on any farm. Some of the worst troublemakers are the most common domestic cat.

Of course, Puff, basking in the sun on the couch, does not look very much like a predator. But, nevertheless, domestic cats are real killers. They were brought to Australia in about 1804, and somewhere in 15 years in Sydney their wild populations have already appeared. By the end of the century, cats have spread throughout the continent.

Millions of years Australia was isolated from the rest of the world. As a result, a very specific ecosystem with marsupial mammals developed there. With the exception of dingo (another imported species) and the wedge-tailed eagle, the cat in Australia has no enemies. Therefore, she became one of the main predators there.

According to the Australian government, there are about 18 million wild cats in the country, and each month they kill about 75 million native animals. It is believed that cats are somehow to blame for the extinction of several species.

Apparently, in this situation there is little to be done. Cats are very elusive and fearful, and they are difficult to track and catch. In recent years, this disaster has become even more terrible, as the cats of Australia increase in size. Now the weight of the largest specimens is approaching 20 kilograms. And this is twice as much as that of Maine Coon (one of the largest breeds of cats).

According to reports, one cat from the Australian Gypslands has reached a length of more than 1.5 meters. Although such information is treated skeptically, there is more and more evidence that the Australian wastelands really wander monstrous wild cats. This would help explain the cases of observation of the so-called ABC (Alien Big Cats, in the approximate translation – “strange big cats”), reminiscent of leopards or cougars. One of them was called “panther from Lithgow”. Indeed, a huge black cat from afar may well seem like a frightening, terrible beast.

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