Monday, January 10, 2011
Was in Orange County this weekend and went to a pet store. Saw these hybrid mixes, 2 kittens (adorable!) that were descendants of the Highland Desert Lynx and one kitten who was a Bengal, with Jungle Fishing Cat Dna. The shop proprietor said it took about 10 generations to achieve these animals and the first 2 went for (get this!) $899 a piece! Not shown are the spots, one looked like a Snow Leopard with a half tail (pictured), her sibling, a spotted lion cub. The ear curls were a genetic result of another species of house cat. I was transfixed. I would never be able to get this close to a wild species so these had to do...The Bengals love water and will go after anything in a fishtank and both breeds of cats are very friendly, can be trained like a dog, and must be supervised because they will gleefully shred apart your house. They grow slightly larger than a cat, and have slightly longer back legs than your average house cat. All were highly active, galloping around the enclosure sounding like miniature ponies.