October 27, 2009
Allan says: This is a margay (Felis wiedii or Leopardus wiedii). Her mother was killed by hunters (unfortunately this is yet quite frequent nowadays in Brazil) and the kitten came to my house as a kind of "gift" by a friend that didn't have the knowhow with wild cats. Margays learn everything from their mothers in the first year of life, and without this knowledge, it's impossible for them to live in the jungle, would die by hunger or hunted by animals like the fox. So it remains completely dependent on human care for keeping alive. It is like most kittens, very funny, loves playing with toy mice, eat premium food for kittens, but is yet a little angry and doesn't like to be touched. I'm looking for a zoo with other margays. This will hurt too much my heart, but is the right thing to do. These animals are very rare, and all effort to breed these animals in captive is very important and commendable.
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Kephara -
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Oh she is such a little beauty! I hope you find a wonderful safe home for her.
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He's lovely! What an exotic little cutie. You should train him as a watch-cat.
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She's beautiful!!
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How gorgeous!
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She is beautiful. What a sad plight for this breed though. I had not even heard of it.
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This is the most beautiful cat I have ever seen. I hope some kind of protection laws can be written to help these stunning cats.
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She is so beautiful. I would have a hard time not touching her - I want to kiss her! Thank you for saving her life.
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How heartbreaking that her mother was killed. It will be very sad to give up this beauty but I commend you for helping save her. She is gorgeous.
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Neat cat. I'll bet she has a nasty bite. I wouldn't want to find out.
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what a special animal; I sure hope he finds a wonderful zoo home. Bet you wish you could keep him!

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what a lovely cutie - i would love to have him and look after him - he looks so tame though :-)
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What a beautiful animal. I have never heard of the margay before. I hope you find a zoo that will take him soon. So many people would keep him as a status symbol and I commend you for knowing what the right thing is and doing it. Poor fella. Thank you for saving this baby and taking one small step to save a dying breed.
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oh, so so cute! I love wild cats!!
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I would LOVE to take him ! I rescued a cat that would not let anyone touch her, til I worked with her.... now she loves me !
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Bless you for taking care of her.
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He is absolutely beautiful. I really hope you are successful in finding a home that can let him have a happy life, and hopefully breed more Margay cats.
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This is a beautiful kitten
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What a beautiful cat. I hope you can find a good home for her.
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Oh she is sad for her mommy u_u
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How exotic and beautiful! I hope you will be able to find a home for her; I would find it hard to give her up but it is best for her...
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It's interesting but I was watching a video at one point that says that even though cats we know as pets are called felinus domesticus (domestic cat) cat's are not actually fully domesticated like dogs are. They are in fact still part wild. Perhaps they are a bit more tame than this girl here, but that's what the experts will tell you. I just think it's cool to think I have a part wild animal in my house :)
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Gorgeous cat! I'm glad you are searching for a good zoo environment for Margay kitten. Too many people keep exotic animals when it's not the right thing to do for the animal.
Thank you.
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Wow, a really beautiful cat!
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Thank you for saving this beauty and finding the right home for her.
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Beautiful!!! I'd never heard of this breed either.
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What a wonderful little soul. Good luck in finding that home.
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How beautiful and exotic. I hope you are able to find a good program for her to join.
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She looks like she's missing her mommy. I hope you can find a playmate for her soon. She is so beautiful.
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Glad you are giving it to a zoo. Once a wild animal, always a wild animal. That's why it's so angry. It's not programmed to be a pet. How beautiful it is, though! Can't wait for heaven where we can play with the BIG kitties. :)
Ingajonna -
You are doing the right thing! I am so happy you were there to help this little guy in his hour of need. Thank you for helping.
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contact the exotic feline foundation in rosamond, california and see if they know of anyone near you.
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The Exotic Feline Foundation actually has margays
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She is absolutely gorgeous! I, too, had never heard of the margay, but I am glad you are able to care for her at this time and are seeking a proper environment that she can grow and thrive in properly. God bless you.
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What a SWEETIE! I sure hope you find a wonderful zoo that will take her.
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It's a female guys but all in all, she's a beauty and a shame she cannot be tamed. What a majestic animal.
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I have to get on again and say, that's my kind of cat, I love big cats.
erika -
Please find a sanctuary for her, rather than a zoo. Because zoos are profit-driven, they do not always have the animal's best interests in mind. A sanctuary would offer a more natural environment and a better life for this incredibly beautiful creature.
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You are so generous to care for this little beauty. Best of luck in finding her a good home with her species.
Sue B. -
Allan, thank you for helping this rare, gorgeous kitten. I didn't know there was a type of cat like these.
chloe -
The nose!!! Call Best Friends in Kanab Utah or go online - bestfriends.org. They will surely know where she belongs - perhaps with them.
Stace -
Poor kitty looks depressed. (Beautiful, but depressed.) You're doing the right thing by finding a zoo or refuge for it.
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Oops! Hit the wrong key. Meant to say she looks to sad.
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Oh, poor baby. [people suck] Sounds like a couple of things in Brazil definitely need to change. Thank you for taking her in and finding the right place for her.
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P.S. Best Friends doesn't take big cats, but they probably have connections. A couple of the other suggestions sound more promising.
Vicki -
Amazing, gorgeous cat. Crying shame their species is in decline due to the stupidity of humans who feel it necessary to kill them for their pelts. KUDOS to you and your friend for the effort taken to keep this beauty alive. My best to you in finding a home for this lovely creature.
badmama1023 -
just out of curiosity..is the margay larger than the codcod?? that is one cat that I would love to see in person!!! this one is gorgeous too!
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such wonderful markings!!
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aww how can u keep from holding her?? i know its better for her to not grow up used to human touch because she wont do well in the wild if released but shes so cuhyoot :):):)
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What an adorable baby. I saw a margay at the Belize Zoo outside of Belize City. They had all kinds of wild cats I'd never seen before. Here's the link: http://www.belizezoo.org/zoo/zoo/mamm...
AAM -
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WOW! AwWw... She is just to0 cute, hope you find her a wounderful new home. God Bless U beautiful
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She is absolutely stunning, but what a sad story. Thank you for protecting her, and seeing that she has a proper home :)
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So sad, I wish that didn't happen to such beautiful animals. The kitten is absolutely adorable. I'd love to help her.
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Sacramento Zoo in Sacramento, CA also has Margays
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Stunning cat,poor wee orphan. Just breaks your heart, to see this Cat and I hope, that you find a suitable zoo/wildlife reserve for the mite to go to. Best wishes, little Margay, for long and happy life.
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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Gorgeous coat!
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Is that a cheetah??? So cute anyway you are so lucky to have her/him so so so cute and so cute!!
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smokey Demon -
The more I deal with humans, the more I love cats! Bless you for taking in this little orphan. I hope you found an excellent zoo or shelter for her.
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beautiful!
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Thank you for sharing this little beastie with us. It's story needs to be told so things can change. Bless you for your efforts to do the right thing!
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It's probably really hard to give up a little cutie like that! My cat is so 'wild' that i swear she's part jaguar!
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Wild thing, you make my heart sing.
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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE EXIBIT HE WILL BE PUT IN AT THE ZOO SOME ZOOS ARE VEY BAD AND ARE ONLY ABOUT THE MONEY WHAT A CUTE KITTY
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beautiful!
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what a lovely creature! it is a privilege to see such a rare animal in captivity. it is nice to see that you are focusing on the wellbeing of this rare creature. best wishes!
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Stunning!
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amazing markings! poor thing deserves a happy and healthy life.
Good luck finding her a good place to call home. May mother nature keep her safe!
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i think its so nice to take in a stray Leopard but why?
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