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Donskoy
2013-06-11 15:52:04

The Donskoy is a domestic cat breed that originated in Russia in 1987, when Elena Kovaleva, a cat breeder, discovered it in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The cat was found to be distinct from the Sphynx, a cat that shares its hairless appearance, because a dominant gene causes its lack of fur. The breed was not recognized by the World Cat Federation (WCF) until 1997, and was later recognized by the International Cat Association (TICA) in 2005. The Donskoy is preferably medium in size with a...

Kurilian Bobtail
2013-06-11 13:06:21

The Kurilian bobtail, also known as the Curilsk Bobtail or the Kurilean bobtail, among many other names, is a breed of domestic cat that is sometimes considered a breed group by some registries. The origin of this breed has been claimed by Kamchatka, Sakhalin Island, Russia, and Japan, but it is thought to have originated on the Kuril Islands. The first members of the breed occurred naturally on the islands as a shorthaired variant about two hundred years ago, but the modern variant has only...

Flat-headed Cat, Prionailurus planiceps
2013-05-01 15:13:33

The flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) is a species of wildcat that can be found in a fragmented range that includes Borneo, Sumatra, and the Thai-Malay Peninsula. It prefers a habitat within primary and secondary rainforests. It is often found in areas with abundant freshwater near lowland or coastal areas. Vigors and Horsfield, who classified it in the Felis genus, first described this species in 1827. In 1951, the flat-headed cat was merged with the fishing cat, which shares some...

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Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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