Cat, Lions and Tigers?

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When I saw this cat yesterday, strolling across the parking lot, I had an aha! moment. Last Spring when one of the wild cats in the neighborhood placed her kittens on my patio, I figured they were endangered. But they were wild and would not let me bring them inside. I took photos though, and accidentally captured a truly FERAL cat clamping down on the neck of one of them, apparently trying to kill it. The patterning around the neck of the “assailant” was definitely that of a feral cat, and NOT a housecat. But the cat was small enough to poke his head through the hole in the patio wall. I have puzzled over this since then, wondering what kind of cat it might be. Was it a Cougar? a Bobcat? Here’s a link to a closeup of that cat grabbing the kitten:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/navigator/works...
You can see the odd patterning. Has to be some kind of wild animal. As I looked at this again, I began to suspect the kitten he is grasping might have been this very kitten in the photo.

Just today, I happened (on the internet) across what is now called a “Liger”, a cross between a male Lion and a female Tiger. They only happen in captvity. But they are beautiful. Here’s the link:
http://www.pawnation.com/tag/Ligers/

So I think this little cat also has some cross breeding with a feral cat, maybe lions and tigers? Could that even be possible? Anyway, this is surely one of the offspring of that lineage, of whatever poked its head through my patio wall, though this one it isn’t one I’ve seen before. This cat was also very skittish, and this was the best photo I could get. He hid under a truck after the first click. Note the spots as well as stripes, and the hint of some feral coloring. Some feral cats have spots and some housecats have stripes. Hmmmm. Very curious!

So I figure this cat has some feral heritage. Cool, eh? I live near a wooded area.

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