World's deadliest cat is tiny, adorable and endangered

WCPOPublished: January 26, 2018Updated: January 28, 2018
Published: January 26, 2018Updated: January 28, 2018

At less than 5 pounds, the black-footed cat looks like a fuzzy friend. But the ferocious feline is actually considered the world's deadliest cat.  Because of the cats' looks and size, many people don't take the endangered species seriously when it comes to conservation efforts, according to experts at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  "They look like little kittens and they're full-grown at 2-3 pounds," Bill Swanson said. "But they are ferocious." Swanson is the director of animal research at the zoo. He said the cats have a 60 percent catch rate for their prey, which is higher than the catch rate of larger cats. "Think of the nastiest domestic cat -- wild domestic cat -- that you've ever seen, and what would happen if you tried to pick up that animal," Swanson said. "That's what a black-footed cat would do to you."

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