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Rare Sand Cat Spotted For The First Time In A Decade

Arabian sand cats are an extremely rare breed.

The nocturnal sand cat is listed as "near threatened" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's 'red list', which is a list of threatened species.

These feline creatures live in desert environments and can handle both hot and cold temperatures. The fur on their foot pads means they don't leave good tracks in the sand, which keeps them protected from predators. Unfortunately, it also makes them hard to track to study them.

For the first time in 10 years, however, the Arabian Sand Cat was spotted by scientists.

The rare animals look a lot like domestic cats and weight 4-8lbs. Unfortunately, the sand cats are losing habitat as well as food sources.

"Scientists need to be doing more research on how the sand cats live in order to create a suitable protected area," the Sahara Conservation Fund's John Newby told New Scientist.

The hope is that as scientists collect more information on these cats, they will be able to implement more conservation efforts to keep their habitats strong and fruitful.

I, personally, hope they succeed, because these little guys are just too cute!

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