The plains of Africa, the jungles of Asia, and the rain forests of South America are all home to some of the most dangerous cats in the world. Ask anyone which is the most deadly and the same few cats will be mentioned. As “King of the Jungle,” lions are a popular answer followed by leopards, tigers, and cheetahs. But they would all be wrong answers. The deadliest cat in the world is a tiny, cute, and fluffy thing few people have even heard of--the black-footed cat.


1. Smallest Wildcat in Africa

The black-footed cat is native to the open savannas and grasslands of southern Africa. They are the smallest wildcat found on the continent and one of the smallest in the world. They measure just 14-17 inches in length, stand around 8 inches tall, and weigh between 2 and 6 pounds. With their round face, stocky body, and short tail, you would be forgiven for mistaking a black-footed cat for a tame moggie.

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