All animals are adorable when they are young. No matter how big or fearsome they will eventually grow up to be, as babies they are small and charming. All of us have watched a documentary at one point, seen baby tigers or bears, and remarked on their cuteness. However, there are some animals that remain little forever. Sand cats resemble the famous character, Peter Pan. All their life they keep a kitten-like appearance and give the impression they never grow up.
Sand cats are also known as sand dune cats. They are native to the desert areas of North Africa and Southwest and Central Asia. Unfortunately, due to illegal hunting and pet trading these cats are considered near threatened. Their population is considered fragmented and small, with a declining trend. Sand cats can be found in both sandy and stony deserts. They are well equipped to live in areas far away from water, and are not bothered by the extreme temperatures of their habitat.
What makes these cats extraordinary is their perpetual youthful appearance. One reason for this look are their oversized ears that make them look very young, no matter if they are adults or kittens. The ears are very important for these nocturnal animals. Since sound does not carry well over the vast expanses of the desert, the ears help them detect their prey both above and below the ground.
Sand cats are very curious and resemble domestic cats more than wild ones. It is for this reason and their cute appearance that they have been the subject of illegal pet trading. However, studies have shown that only 61% of the cats born in captivity make it to day 30. This is due to maternal neglect. Moreover, they are also prone to various respiratory illnesses, a fact that makes them unsuitable as pets.
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