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Honey, Where's the Iriomote?
"The Iriomote is a small wild cat that is critically endangered. What do you know about the Iriomote cat?"
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The Iriomote cat is so named because it lives on only one tiny little island; Iriomote island.
Which island nation claims Iriomote, home of the Iriomote cat?
Papua New Guinea
Locals know the Iriomote cat by many names in the native language, including one that is palindromatic. Which of these names means "the cat in the mountain" in Japanese?
In 2007, there were between 100 and 109 Iriomote cats left in existence. With this small number, in 2008, they were given a conservation status. Which would be the appropriate status given based on the above stats?
Extinct in the Wild
When comparing the skull of an Iriomote cat to that of the leopard cat, it is very much the same, except for one thing. What is different about the Iriomote cat's skull?
It's very tiny
It's much larger
The Iriomote cat is the most active during the twilight hours. What word would describe this behavior the best?
Like most carnivores, the Iriomote cat must compete with other carnivores for its food. Which of these is its biggest competition?
Ussuri brown bear
There is no competition
Most wild cats, if they catch a bird that is too large, will do something to the bird before eating it. The Iriomote, however, does not. What method is usually used by cats, except the Iriomote cat?
Nothing; the Iriomote cat does not eat birds
Cutting it into bite size pieces
Plucking the feathers off
Letting it go
Almost every wild cat will snap the spinal column to kill their prey. The Iriomote cat, though, does no such thing. What method does this cat use for its prey?
It crushes the trachea
It holds prey in its mouth
It smashes the head with a rock
It drowns the prey
On Iriomote Island, special signs featuring the Iriomote cat appear on the side of the road. What kind of sign?
Iriomote Park up ahead
Iriomote attack warning
Peculiar; some claim the Iriomote cat not to be the only feline to inhabit the island. Some have claimed to spot a wild cat about twice the size of the Iriomote, but still use one of the Iriomote's names to describe it. Which name is often used to describe this cryptic cat?
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Compiled Jul 03 12