On 27 June 2010 Masai & Sirocc were born…
The average male (Tom) cat weighs around 3.8 – 6.4 KGs and reach a length of about 90cm, whilst the average female (Molly, or Queen when pregnant or nursing) cat weighs around 2.6 – 5.5 KGs and also reach a length of about 90cm. Gestation lasts about 8 weeks and they usually give birth to a litter of 2-5 kittens. The kittens are born blind and rely totally on the mother for care and protection
They tend to be solitary animals and are usually only together when mating or when a Queen is still nursing her kittens. Kittens generally stay with their mother in the wild for between 4 – 6 months, and reach sexual maturity at about 12 months.
Their natural diet consists of small rodents like rats and mice, some insects, frogs, lizards and sometimes snakes. They have also been known to hunt larger prey such as Rock Hyrax (dassies), scrub hare, and the babies of smaller antelope like the steenbok.
It is believed that the Ancient Egyptians started to domesticate the African Wild Cats as far back as 4000 BC to help control the rodents in their granaries. Cats were considered sacred and it was a capitol offence to harm them. At Beni Hasan, an archeological site in Egypt, more than 300 000 mummified cats were found.