Iriomote Cat

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Iriomote Cat

Iriomote CatOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Japanese Name: イリオモテ ヤマネコ
Romanised Name: Iriomote yamaneko
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis
Distribution: Iriomote Island
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10-12 years
Read More: Iriomote cat
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 CR.svg.png
Iriomote Cat Festival Nexon Game

Iriomote Cat is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

In Real Life

A close-up shot of an Iriomote Cat.

The Iriomote Cat is a type of wild cat that can be found in the Japanese island of the same name. They range around the size of a domestic cat, weighing around 6.5-10 pounds and are able to reach lengths of 28-35 inches. It has a rather dusky brown coat with fairly long hair, being pattered with dark spots in rows, which form indistinct bands. The body is fairly long with short legs and tail, and they have rounded ears with a white spot on the back. Being found in only one island in the entire world, Iriomote Island (which spans roughly around 109 square miles) , the Iriomote Cat has limited options for a habitat. They make their homes all over the island from wooded mountainous areas to open country and even beaches.

They have a wide variety of food for their diet, among which are the common rat, Ryuku flying fox, birds, insects (including 39 species of beetle), amphibians and crabs. Being adept swimmers, they can and will hunt fish as well if the opportunity presents itself. They are thought to be nocturnal, and hunt during the night, but during mating season, they start becoming active during the day as well.

They are also solitary creatures, except during mating season, where the males will fight each other for females. Both sexes howl and meow like domestic cats.

The biggest threats these cats currently face are competition and interbreeding with feral domestic cats. As their population is low enough already (Estimated to be around a mere 100-200) , interbreeding with other feral domestic cats will further reduce the population of 'genetically pure' Iriomote Cats. It does not help that their entire population is situated in a single island, thus further limiting the movement and population growth of these cats even more. Tourism is also a very noteworthy threat, as the island is continuously being subject to expansion and development for tourists, disturbing the forests where the cats live.

Trivia

  • The oldest Iriomote Cat currently on record is Yon, who lived to be 15 years old at the Iriomote Wildlife Protection Center. He died in 2011 due to Pulmonary edema
  • Unlike other wild cats, Iriomote cat does not kill its prey immediately by breaking their spinal cords. Instead, it will hold the prey in the mouth until it stops moving.
  • One of its local names is "Yamapikaryaa", which roughly translates to "Something that shines in the mountains".

References

http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/iriomote_cat_facts/1143/

http://wildcatsmagazine.nl/wild-cats/iriomote-cat-prionailurus-bengalensis-iriomotensis/

https://bigcatrescue.org/iriomote-cat-facts/

http://www.felidaefund.org/?q=species-iriomote-cat

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