“A Cat or a mouse?” – The visitors at the Linton Zoo have the privilege to see an extinct species called eastern quoll, one very strange animal that looks like a cat and a mouse at the same time.
However, it is neither of that. It is called an Eastern Quoll, also known as an Eastern cat. Even though they were thought to be extinct in the 1960s, recently in 2016 these animals have been reintroduced into sanctuaries. These animals are about the size of a domestic cat and weigh about 1.1kg (2.4lb) on average.
The female eastern quolls are much smaller than the male ones and weigh around 0.7kg or 1.5lb on average. Speaking of their looks, they have a tapering snout, short legs, and have only four toes. These cat-like animals can either be near black or light fawn.
This is a carnivorous marsupial from Tasmania and is related to the Tasmanian devil. The Eastern quoll makes sounds similar to a ferret and this is actually its scientific name Dassyurus viverrinus which means “ferret-like”.
This species is considered to be extinct in mainland Australia, however, there is an effort nowadays to reintroduce them back to some of its original range.
At the moment, there are three Eastern cats in the Linton Zoo which are actually brought from Germany. The Leipzig Zoo in Germany has started a European breeding programme which would help in preserving the Eastern quoll. Hopefully this will help this species from becoming extinct.
Check out the video from the Linton Zoo and see how these animals act.
Yesterday visitors enjoyed seeing our Eastern quoll investigating their new accommodation.Eastern Quoll, a carnivorous marsupial, are considered extinct in mainland Australia and are now only found in Tasmania. These three are part of a European breeding programme and Linton is one of only two places in the UK where they can be seen.
Posted by Linton Zoo on Thursday, 24 August 2017
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