World’s Smallest Wild Cats, Rusty-Spotted Cats, Make Appearance in Berlin

For the first time in the 168 years of history of the Berlin zoo, they welcomed their first Rusty-Spotted Cats, the world’s smallest wild cats, weighing merely 2.0 to 3.5 lbs (0.9 to 1.6 kg) as adults according to zooborns.

The two little Rusty-Spotted kittens were born on August 5 and have been nursing in their den until recently where they just started exploring around. “At birth, kittens typically weigh just 2.0 – 2.7 ounces (60-77 g).” The rusty-spotted cat rivals the black-footed cat as the world’s smallest wild cat.

Rusty-Spotted cats originated from Sri Lanka and India. Their species are threatened by habitat loss due to the conversion of wild lands to farms.

“LIttle is known about these secretive cats, and few zoos display this species, making these two kittens especially important for the captive population,” reported Zooborns.

cute rusty spotted cats in berlin zoo

cute rusty spotted cats in berlin zoo

cute rusty spotted cats in berlin zoo

cute rusty spotted cats in berlin zoo

Source: Zooborns.

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41 Responses to “World’s Smallest Wild Cats, Rusty-Spotted Cats, Make Appearance in Berlin”

  1. Leigh says:

    Looks like a cute little devil!

  2. Shelley says:

    so cute and wild..

  3. AngeliqueS says:

    wow, very beautiful.

  4. Liza says:

    very cute.

  5. Sue Bee says:

    Never even knew these tiny guys existed! Nature is amazing. These cats are gorgeous!

  6. katie k says:

    They are adorable!!

  7. Shadow says:

    OMG they are so cute! 😀

  8. Debra Olsen says:

    :-) My goodness…never heard of these little puddy tat’s. They are very cute…wonder what they sound like?!

  9. Denise says:


  10. Fernanda says:

    Never heard of them, they are gorgeous!

  11. Sarah says:

    TOO cute!

  12. Nana says:

    OMG they are soooo cute!!!!! If only i can have one!

  13. Julee says:

    Wow. Cuteness factor of Ninety zillion!

  14. OmegaFox says:

    those rounded ears just kill me! too cute! <3

  15. Cindy says:

    I want one!! They are so cute.

  16. lindal says:

    how can anyone not think these animals are gorgious—look at them—those faces!!

  17. MurphysMom says:

    Do we know if these kitties eat rodents or are pack hunters, etc?

  18. pumbie says:

    Round shape; little precious snout; everything is nice, yes, gorgeous, Take care of them, please. Thanks for sharing!.

  19. C says:

    I wish I could have one!! They are so extremely cute!

  20. beckyl says:

    those are awfully big paws – made for hunting! cute little wild guys 😉

  21. mizi says:

    Super cute, wish to have a time to sleep wit em

  22. Dee says:

    I’m in love! What a face! :)

  23. Emily says:

    Too bad they aren’t domesticated, haha! They’re so adorable. I want one to own me!

  24. steve says:

    They’re so cute I was to rub them all over ym face and scream!!!!

  25. dorlis says:

    I want a couple. They are so small, I could have more than one. Such adorable faces.

  26. Tucker says:



  27. Hana says:

    I had to double, then triple, and now have to again and again to believe that these are real photos, not drawings (which I at first thought they were). Wow. They are beauties.

    But it is terrible how we humans endanger so many creatures on earth.

  28. Potato says:

    Aw little kitties. It’s a shame their homes are turning into farms.

  29. Carol Ann says:

    What big eyes these kitties have! Those are the biggest eyes that I have ever seen on such a small kitty! These kitties are SO precious!!

  30. Marlene says:

    Gorgeous!!! So cute! 😀 Would be worth a trip to the Berlin Zoo :)

  31. Sue says:

    squeeee! I am in luv. I cannot believe they grow up to be so small! beautiful.

  32. Absolutely DARLING!!! W Berlin Tiergarten hadn’t any of these when we lived there (Occupying US Forces, along with HM EIIR’s British regiments & French).

  33. Hi Amy,

    The picture in the picture gallery at the top of your home page caught my attention so I ended up on this page.

    “Darling” is the first word that came to mind on the top picture of this page. That is a really cool picture!

    Saddened that their habitat is getting destroyed but glad the zoo adopted them.

    Hopefully they will get released in a new wild (and safe) habitat some day. Don’t like to see animals in a cage for long.

    Beautiful cats. First time I’ve seen one.


    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

  34. DJ Faulkner says:

    Amazing that these little guys have been surviving in the wild! So important to make sure they are protected. Thanks for sharing :)

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