Friday felid final: Snow leopard in the wild, and mom rescues tree-bound kitten

March 8, 2013 • 3:09 pm

In my view, a day without cats (at least e-cats, since I don’t own a felid) is like a day without sunshine. Here are two for the end of the week.  First, from the Guardian, a very rare piece of footage of a snow leopard from the wild (you have to go to the link to see it, and it’s 37 seconds long).

Footage shows a snow leopard in the mountains of Qinghai Province, China. The images were captured on infrared cameras by wildlife photographer Matse Rangja, who has only managed to film the leopard once before in eight years. Snow leopards are rarely seen by humans and are listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species

Here’s a screenshot:

Snow leopard

Finally, a mother cat tries to rescue her tree-bound kitten despite the annoying importuning of the human servant.  It doesn’t work, but the video ends happily after all.

h/t: SGM

10 thoughts on “Friday felid final: Snow leopard in the wild, and mom rescues tree-bound kitten

  1. I’m confused by the reference infrared cameras in the snow leopard caption. This looks like true-color daylight imagery to my inexpert eye.

    Or is the reference simply to a broad-spectrum camera that captures some near infrared along with visible light?

    Can anyone clarify?

    1. I would bet it’s a game camera with a daylight mode and an infrared mode for night-time shooting. And that the Guardian just mis-spoke, uh, -wrote.

  2. Interesting video. I’m left wondering if Kitten learned “how to get down from a tree” by watching Mama descend.

    Of course, cats almost always manage to get down from that tree or power pole they’ve climbed and from which they are now yowling piteously for rescue. If this weren’t true, the trees and power poles of the world would be festooned with dead cats — which they aren’t.

  3. One time one of my 23 cats got stuck up a tree. I held out my hands and called him. He made about a 15 foot jump and I caught him without getting scratched.

    One time, out on an ichthyology class field trip, we came across a small kitten stuck up in a fairly small tree. We held a seine under the tree and shook the kitten out. It landed in the seine unharmed, but not happy, and immediately jumped down and took off.

    1. It’s a friendly greeting among cats. I feel priveleged!

      But perhaps more to the point, I presume there was bait (sardines? bacon?) smeared on the rock wall, and maybe some of the scent was transferred to the camera.

      1. What a beautiful puddy tat. Most gorgeous colouring and With a magnificent long tail.

        He (?) certainly does seem interested in the camera.

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