It is also likely that the affable Cactus Cat was never believed to exist and, like most Fearsome Critters, was a product of a few bored woodsmen on a warm desert night. Cox, William T. with Latin Classifications by George B. Sudworth. Or some other mystery felid? Long enough to … Perhaps it would be good to take a bit of a look at the reports of long-tailed spotted and striped small mystery and not-so-mysterious cats, in light of yesterday’s mention of “Long-Tailed Bobcats.”. They were said to live about 20 to 30 years. The cryptid is said to have a body similar to a sturgeon with a bony ridge on top. To avoid the harsh heat, they'd carve out the inside of a cactus and sleep through the day. It could as well have been a surviving Eastern Panther, a puma which people thought was extinct. In 1996, DNA testing by Stormant Labs in California determined that Pixie-Bobs are genetically distinct and not related to other breeds. The Long Tailed Coconuta is an unknown monkey species native to the island of St. Kitts The creature is described as a monkey, very similar to an Ecuadorian Squirrel Monkey. We saw this cat very well. At least he said they were bobcats. The clincher is the lack of a long tail. The Cactus Cat has been sighted in the Southwestern desert, in states such as California, Nevada and New Mexico. The creature was said to use its spines to slash cacti at night, allowing juice to run from the plants. On later nights, the creature was said to return to drink the now fermented juice. In Amazing Indeed: Strange Events in the Black Forest Vol. Are there any jaguarundis (Puma yaguarondi) in the mix? it has the snout and tail of a pig, and sometimes even the head of a pig. Ellis County Camera Project: The Texas Zoo. One year he killed 2 bobcats with long tails. The cactus cat was a very hostile creature towards any animal invading their territory. Typically two or three times the size of a housecat, this wily felid can be identified by its proportionately large, tufted ears, its namesake stubby tail… Despite its appearance, there is no “wild” DNA in the Ocicat’s gene pool. It was also tawny in color if it had spots they were very light the coat was longer not sleek. Over the next couple of years, Brewer introduced into the program 23 cats from around the Cascade Mountains area that were believed to be born from naturally occurring matings between the Bobcat and domestic cat. “Guess Bertha just doesn’t trust people,” said Lynn. Despite these attacks, the Cactus Cat was not considered an aggressive creature (except toward cacti). Wikipedia. Bobcats and lynx have short, stubby tails (hence the name). By: crgintx I love this subject. One year he also killed two long tailed bobcats . Strange animals sometimes appear and leave people at a loss as to what they are. Hundreds of persons saw the captured animal but nobody seemed to know what it was. The Pixie-bob was accepted into the “Exhibition” category by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1993, promoted to “New Breed and Color” status in 1996 and eventually gained Championship status in 1998…. It had a long tail. However, all of them agreed that it was a nasty and vicious beast. I think it is clear in the enlargement that the tail is present but short and typical of that seen in a bobcat… This cat was very large and had a bobcat tail. The tail of this “long-tailed bobcat” was said to be a foot long. The bobcat pictured above has a short tail, but the photo shows how an allusion is created by the image of the tail merging with a back leg. The feet are relatively small and the bobcat … Prior to this incident, Burrell Lyman could have given some answers. Often enough, two females would be attracted to the scent, and fight. The Wykoffs named the animal Bertha, because the father once knew a woman just as nasty tempered. On later nights, the creature was said to drink the fermented juice. The fight usually ended in one of them getting brutally spiked or stabbed to death. Common bobcats (Lynx rufus) have a a stubby 4 to 7 inch (10–18 cm) tail. ", The Cactus cat is a mythical creature and Fearsome Critter that has been reported in the American Southwest. Bobcats’ fur lightens as they grow older, but this specimen’s fur remained stubbornly dark. Archival photograph, Henry W. Shoemaker, via Chad Arment. The kittens were born blind at birth with no spikes. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. We got a very good look at it. The bobcat is about twice the size of a domestic cat, but its legs are longer, its tail is shorter, and its body is more muscular and compact. No one knows for sure. “Sure, I’d call it a wildcat and let it go at that,” said Lynn, “But who ever saw a wildcat with a tail like that!” The caudal appendage was about one foot long. We should also bear in mind that it could have mean a young mountain lion cub. It eats the bugs and juice of the cactus, keeping it hydrated. Since it was an unusual specimen, Wykoff [name is rendered both ways in the article] decided to keep it alive. While this cat was starving, it still weighed 17 pounds, and was so tall it reached up to Brewer’s knees. This article contains information relating to a hoax. Or a surviving “Eastern Panther” (Puma concolor couguar), a puma thought to be extinct in the East by 1951? One aspect of the cat’s behavior intrigued many who saw it. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Three months after this animal was captured, Lynn said, “It is a big cat now. The “Long-Tailed Wildcat” trapped and killed on January 16, 1922, in the Tinicum Swamp, Pennsylvania. They were several attempts back in the '70's to crossbreed a domestic with a bobcat for a movie version of Allan W. Eckert's, The Crossbreed but none of the kittens were tame as adults. According to Cambridge dictionary a hoax is "a ​plan to ​deceive a ​large ​group of ​people; a ​trick. Arment’s book Cryptozoology: Science and Speculation (Coachwhip, 2004) has devoted an entire chapter, nine, to the issue, “Long-Tailed Wildcats.” Reproduced there, especially, are the observations of folklorist and wild animal story collector Henry W. Shoemaker. I thought, “I got him!”. The Wykoffs named her Bertha because the father said, “I once knew a womn by that name who had a temper just like this animal.”. In April of 1986 a litter was born from this mating. Is it any better tempered? We use cookies to improve your experience on our website and to show you relevant ads. Meanwhille, from the western USA, to add a bit of confusion to the picture, comes the stories and the “legendary” status of a new breed of domestic cat called the “Pixie-Bob”: The Pixie-Bob (above) is a breed of cat claimed by breed founder Carol Ann Brewers to be a progeny of naturally occurring Bobcat hybrids .