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Rare Footage of Africa Golden Cat Obtained with Calvin Klein Cologne [VIDEO]

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Nov 13, 2013 04:18 PM EST
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Camera trap footage from the jungles of Uganda has revealed rare images of an African golden cat, as well as providing evidence that the cat behaves contrary to what was previously believed. (Photo : WCS/Panthera)

Camera trap footage from the jungles of Uganda has revealed rare images of an African golden cat, as well as provided evidence that the cat behaves contrary to what was previously believed.

African golden cats (Profelis aurata) are a medium-sized wild cat, weighing up 35 pounds, or about twice the size of a domestic house cat. The felines roam the jungles of West and Central Africa, and until now, researchers have thought the cats were strictly nocturnal.

Based on the camera trap footage, which was taken in Uganda's Kibale National Park by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the big cat conservation group Panthera, researchers determined the African golden cat is actually cathemeral, meaning it's active both at night and during the day.

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African golden cats have only rarely been seen by scientists, and not much is known about them. Their habitat is primarily the tropical forest, where they feed on a diet of birds, rodents, monkeys and other mammals, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The newly released camera trap footage adds to a rare collection of images of the African golden cat. The first wild footage of the rare cats was taken in 2011 by Panthera scientists in Gabon.

Interestingly, the researchers used the cologne Calvin Klein Obsession for Men to lure the cat near the camera trap, where it marked the area with its scent. The cologne is frequently used by researchers to attract cats and other wildlife to remote cameras.

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