Wildlife series comparing the behaviour of domestic felines to big cats in the wild. Our domestic moggies are the latest adaptation of the cats that first appeared in the forests of south-east Asia. And while you might not think so when you look at your own cat slumped in front of the fire, they still share some fascinating character traits with their bigger wild cousins. From agility to territory marking to hunting, it’s surprising how much our cats have retained. What’s equally surprising is how some people relate to our bigger feline friends. Take Kevin Richardson, who looks after rescue lions in South Africa. “They’re super-friendly, super-nice,” he says, cheerfully, as he’s promptly wrestled to the ground by a hulking great lioness. But all the time he’s watching their every move, and he’s got some handy hints for gauging your own cat’s state of mind.
Cats are said to hate water, crave warmth and only eat meat. But in episode three, Super Cats, viewers are introduced to the wild cats that break all the feline rules. From jaguars with sub-aqua skills to tigers that can survive temperatures of minus forty, the programme reveals how cats have developed super powers to survive in the most unlikely landscapes. As well as the iconic big cats, in this final episode viewers get a glimpse into the lives of the most rare and strange cats of all – including a real-life Garfield recently discovered living high in the Himalayas. It’s revealed how the cats’ ability to adapt to extremes has made them some of the most successful predators on the planet.
3/3 • 2016 • Nature