Friday, April 14, 2006
Spike back cats of New Kurdistan
The Spike back cats of New Kurdistan are that worlds planetary animal. There is a wonderful display of the creatures in front of the Pesh Merga command center, which is a must see tourist attraction.
A dangerous predator an adult spike back weighs upwards of 70Kg and has 10-centimeter razor sharp claws. While they are jungle dwellers and decent climbers, in the open they can run up to speeds of 100Kph.
They normally live in packs of 6 to 8 adults. They are matriarchal with the lead female leading the hunts and eating first. As pack hunters they can bring down prey 4 to 5 times larger than themselves.
The Spike back’s feline appearance is deceiving as while they are warm blooded the have far more in common with reptiles. They are egg layers and begin to reproduce in their 5th year of life laying 3 to 4 eggs at a time. The newly hatched spike back does not suckle but eats meat, which its mother brings it. They learn to hunt in their 2nd year of life and are on their own by their 3rd year.
Contrary to popular opinion their spikes are not poisonous.