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Bobcat project underway

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by KClem, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. KClem

    KClem New Member

    I've got a bobcat thawing to be skinned either tomorrow or Sunday, depending on when she's ready. It'll be my first cat so should be interesting...I'll post photos occasionally during the process. Tips and pointer are more than welcome.

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  2. Silverose01

    Silverose01 Proud member of LTBBOI

    Nice markings on that cat
    I'll be watchin this one :)

  3. KClem

    KClem New Member

    Miss Kitty has been in no rush to thaw. She's been in a 71 degree environment for 29 hours and I was finally able to gently pry her out of her hibernation pose.

    Here's a question for the cat folks...I spent about 7 hours today looking at pbase.com, google images, etc. trying to locate reference photos of bobcats/housecats leaping after prey...not much out there. What is the most anatomically correct position for the cats ears when jumping up after a bird?
  4. LordRusty

    LordRusty If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

    Flat down against their neck! It helps them hide as they stalk, and when they leap or "pounce" it streamlines their head shape for more speed. Predators usually attack with ears pinned back ... though there are exceptions! ;)

    Exceptions are when stalking a mouse, for example, and they pinpoint the mouse by sound, the ears will remain at the alert.

  5. Silverose01

    Silverose01 Proud member of LTBBOI

  6. wa

    wa Thanks John...this depicts me better

    after pray ears forward!!!
  7. I agree with wa. Here are some links that will help you:



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3318323176/

  8. adkgirl

    adkgirl Active Member

    I definately agree with wa. I have had several cats and would spend a lot of time observing them. Grooming, sleeping, stalking all kinds of critters, including birds and they ALWAYS had their ears in the alert position. Even when jumping after them as they took flight. The only time they would change ear position was when they started losing interest.

    RATTRAP Don't laugh, deer think my head is an acorn!

    Great links Codi
  10. KClem

    KClem New Member

    Thanks for the feedback on the ear position. Ears forward it will be. Got her skinned, fleshed, washed, and soaking in a citric acid bath. Her head was a bit wider than the one on the form so I'm trying my hand at molding and casting during this project. I'll check the citric acid bath's pH during the week and get back at it next weekend.

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  11. Silverose01

    Silverose01 Proud member of LTBBOI

    Great carcass picture
    Those toes though look a lot different with no skin on lol
  12. bmdakk

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  13. DeeCee

    DeeCee New Member

    Cool Pictures!