After four patient years of extensive research, sand cat kittens have finally been caught on camera for the very first time. The sand cat kittens, aged between six to eight weeks old, were spotted by a big cat organization called Panthera. The team, headed by biologists Grégory Breton and Dr. Alexander Sliwa, noticed the kittens as they drove back to camp in the Moroccan Sahara in April this year.
Spotting three pairs of eyes glowing in the darkness, the researchers couldn’t believe their luck when they realized what they’d found.
Sand cats are the only species of cat that lives exclusively in the desert. They can be found in North Africa, The Middle East, and Central Asia.
But as the research team discovered, actually locating them is incredibly difficult due to their extraordinary ability to evade detection.