When people think of deadly felines, they might think of a lion, tiger, or leopard. Most people probably won’t think of the black-footed cat from Africa. This particular cat is smaller than most domestic cats measuring only 14 to 20 inches (36 to 52 centimeters) long, stands about 8 inches (20 cm) tall and weighs about 2 to 6 lbs. (1 to 3 kilograms).
Yet despite its small size, the black-footed cat hunts and brings down more prey in a single night than a leopard does in six months. Black-footed cats use three very different techniques to nab their prey.
“Fast hunting” involves cats bounding quickly through the tall grass to flush out birds or rodents. Another method involves weaving quietly and carefully to sneak up on potential prey. The third method is a sit-and-wait approach near rodents’ burrows where the feline can wait perfectly still for up to two hours.