The Ring Tailed Cat
This is a new animal to me. I found it interesting that it is also called a miner's cat and they were domesticated as mouse catchers by early pioneers and miners. Isn't he a cutie?
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Early pioneers and miners in the Southwest made friends with the Ring Tailed cat to keep the mice problem under control. Since domestic cats were scarce, this little fellow was worth his weight in mice.
Also known as Miner's cat, ringtail cat and even civet, this pretty little critter is in the raccoon family and not a cat at all. Found throughout the Southwest, they are nocturnal and somewhat smaller than a house cat at 12-17 inches long and around 3 pounds.
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