Yesterday morning as Grant left for work, he saw that the dogs were staring up into the tree again. He moved nearer and spotted a cat sitting high up on a branch. Not an ordinary domestic cat but a muskeljaatkat, a wild cat which is quite common here in Mwadui.
Although we've seen these cats running up the trees overhanging our watering hole up at the club, I've never been able to photograph it. I checked on Google and saw that it's English name is Common Genet. (It's known here, to the primarily Afrikaans expat community, by its Afrikaans name: Miskeljaatkat)
In Africa, Genetta genetta occurs in North Africa, Arabia, and throughout the savannah zone of Africa, south of the Sahara.
It has been found that females prefer thickets, while males use trees more than females. (So the little lad in our garden is a - male) Because of their solitary natures, genets each tend to have their own territories; however, the male and female home ranges may overlap. You can read more about this fascinating animal here
Of course, once I knew there was a new visitor in our garden, I sped outdoors in my PJ's, camera in hand and took several photos.
The sight of Toffee and Buster staring into the branches above, made Grant take a closer look
The Common Genet is a nocturnal animal and obviously comes into our garden to sleep every morning
Later on in the morning, I popped outside again and saw that the genet was asleep and...
...Toffee was on guard directly under its sleeper branch!
The genet resembles a domestic cat especially when in repose
It has the most gloriously thick, banded tail which obviously helps it to sleep on such a precarious perch with danger lurking below (oh, the genet knows all about the two dogs)
Although little Princess wondered what Uncle Buster and ole Aunt Toffee were looking at, she eventually decided it was easier to take a nap in the early morning sun
I'm linking my post with Saturday Critters which is ably hosted by fellow bird-watcher and nature lover, Eileen. You can access her blog by clicking here
I hope you're all having a great weekend. Guess what I'll be doing on Saturday and Sunday mornings, respectively? Mmm...