Thursday, February 19, 2015

Germany 2015
Baby Animals: Wild Cats (Felis silvestris silvestris)

ISSUE DATE: 2 January 2015
STAMP DESIGN: Nicole Elsenbach, Hückeswagen and Francesco Fienbork 
PHOTO: © Tierfotoagentur.de/Zindl
FORMAT PWZ: width: 44.20mm height: 26.20mm
width: 115.00mm height: 158.00mm 
2 PWZ side by side 5 PWZ each other
PRINTER: Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Werk Securities Printing Leipzig
Coated, white and fluorescent postage stamp paper DP II
Multi-color offset printing

Funny they are. Just like little house kitten. Then notice that they look something squat in stature. Small Wild Cat baby is almost never gets in the great outdoors to face. The reason: Wild cats are rare, extremely shy and withdrawn live in deep, natural forests. Who comes there on a seemingly lonely young, should take it in any way. In general, it is well cared for. However, the dams do not have the habit to defend their offspring. In case of danger, they retreat into hiding and wait. When the human intruder disappears, the mother takes her baby again.

Wildcats different from their domesticated relatives through the dorsal stripe on the back, a bright throat patch and black curled tail. Thanks to intensive protection measures, there are now at least 3000 European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) in Germany. The largest part of the population lives in Eifel, Hunsrück, Taunus and the Palatinate Forest, a second between resin and Thuringia. In Bavaria, more than 600 animals were reintroduced since the mid-1980s.

The development of young Wildcats runs rapidly in the first few months. At birth they are blind and open only after ten to twelve days their eyes. Your nursery is usually located in an abandoned fox or badger, a rocky niche or a hollow tree. In this hiding the mother usually brings in the spring two to four young. When the boys are grown after three months, the mother takes her to the night game. Once about half a year juveniles are able to provide for themselves, they are chased away from the mother. Then they have to find their own territory.

Baby Animals - Cats / Tierkinder - Wildkatze
Single Stamp
PRICE: 0.62 €

Baby Animals - Cats / Tierkinder - Wildkatze
Stamp Sheet
PRICE: 6.20 €

Stamp images and description thanks to Deutsche Post

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