Rusty-Spotted Cat

Young rusty-spotted cats already have well-developed locomotion abilities when they start to come and go from the den at 28 days of age.

Young rusty-spotted cats start to come and go from the birth site between 28 and 32 days. When the young emerge, they already have well-developed locomotion abilities, as reflected in their climbing onto and jumping down from wooden posts in the Frankfurt Zoo.

Between 35 and 42 days of age, weaning starts, and the young can climb downwards head first from steep branches. Between 47 and 50 days of age, the young can jump about 50 centimeters from a height of about 2 meters. The young start to eat meat at around 40 days of age, but suckling was still observed up to day 60.

In the Frankfurt Zoo, the young were removed from their mother between 3 and 9 months, but late removal never resulted in aggression between mother and offspring.

Image | © Tambako the Jaguar (Emmanuel Keller), All Rights Reserved
Sources | (Dmoch, 1997; Miles, 2013)

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