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The Gyra – the smallest cat in Africa, and also the deadliest

The deadliest cat in the world is not a tiger, lion, or cougar. It’s not a mean cat behind your house either. It’s this little feline hunter called the Gyra!

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The deadliest cat in the world is not a tiger, lion, or cougar. It’s not a mean cat behind your house either. It’s this little feline hunter called the Gyra!

Some of these huge cats can undoubtedly be deadly. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs are all huge cats with fast reflexes and powerful bites. Their claws can destroy a normal human being and their hunting instinct would be among the best. However, not all cats need to be big to be lethal. Some of them can be small … and cute, as it turns out.

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If you’re confused, consider this unique little cat from Africa.

Although gyra are much smaller than you’d expect – even smaller than most domestic cats in the United States – their hunting ability is second to none. Gyra, or black-footed cats, are very fast and usually hunt at night, up to 20 miles on foot if necessary. Their size makes them very inconspicuous and dangerous.

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Luckily for us, people are not on their list of things to hunt!

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Gyra is considered the deadliest cat in the world because the success rate on hunting is unusually high.

When Gyra go out to hunt their prey – usually consisting of scorpions, birds, and small rodents – they have a success rate of 60%. If you’re a small creature running through the African savannah, these cute and cuddly cats are your worst nightmare.

Luckily for us, we can just admire these animals on their own merits instead of running scared.

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The video clip of these incredible little animals was part of BBC’s Big Cats documentary series – and does serious numbers online.

The animal has been covered by many different news broadcasts and has generated a lot of interest and worship. Yet these animals can take care of themselves when it comes to hunting, they are not entirely safe from the changing influences of mankind.

These cats have recently been identified as vulnerable by the IUCN and more information may be needed to find out how best to help them.

Above all, BBC’s work on studying Gyra cats has captured the imagination of the world.

The next time you play with your cute little cat and see it as just cute and harmless, think of the Gyra cat. Maybe we shouldn’t underestimate things so quickly based on their size and how cute they are!

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