07 Feb 2010
Tags: Amur Leopard, Andalusia, Bengal tigers., Black Lion, China, Europe, Fujian, golden tabby tiger, golden tiger, Iberian Lynx, Kruger National Park, Maltese Tiger, North America, Oklahoma Zoo, Sir Henry Layard, South Chinese tiger, strawberry tiger, The World’s Rarest Cats, Timbavati Game Reserve, White Lion
The 21st century is marked not only by new technologies but also by an ever growing number of extinct and endangered animals. Apart from the extinct animals we will never see, these rare felines are so few since they are either threatened by loss of habitat or they have suffered from rare color mutation. Take a look at the rarest animals in the world!
The Maltese Tiger
The Blue tiger was reported mostly from the Fujian Province of China, being characterized by a bluish fur with dark stripes. The Maltese tigers have been reported as a subspecies of the South Chinese tiger, that is critically endangered. A blue tiger cub was born in 1964, in the Oklahoma Zoo, but died in its infancy. There are no blue tigers in zoos or private collections, and no known blue tiger pelts.
The Golden Tabby Tiger
The golden tiger has its white coat and gold patches due to an extremely rare colour variation caused by a recessive gene. Around 30 tigers are believed to exist in the world but many more are carriers of the gene. Records of the golden or strawberry tiger date back to the 1900s, in India. The first golden tiger cub born in captivity was in 1983 and this came from standard colored Bengal tigers.
15 Jan 2010
Tags: Buffalo, Caught On Camera, Kruger National Park, Lioness, Muhammed Patel., South Africa
Passengers driving through Kruger National Park, in South Africa, watched as the determined lioness tried to bring down the buffalo bull on her own.The pair were so engrossed in their eight hour-long battle that they crossed just feet from cars treating motorists to a grandstand view of the gladiatorial conflict.Famous for doing most of the hunting the lioness was even watched from the sidelines by a large male who did nothing to help her.
The scene was captured on film by tourist Muhammed Patel.
The 24-year-old business owner said: “It was just like watching a wildlife documentary unfold before your very eyes, except this time we were in it too.”They were just feet from the cars, but neither of them seemed to notice the people, they were just determined to fight each other.
“I have never seen a lioness so determined to kill this bull even though she was all alone, and the cheeky pride male was just watching from the grass.”According to witnesses, the buffalo had been targeted by a group of lionesses but had fought all of them off bar one.The drama unfolded on the Orpen Road which is the main route through the world famous park.