Arabian sand cats spotted in Abu Dhabi for first time in 10 years
Time Out has pictures and information on the elusive Arabian sand cats, spotted in Abu Dhabi for the first time in 10 years
For a species to go for a decade without being seen even once is quite extraordinary, regardless of how reclusive it is known to be.
Luckily, in the case of the UAE’s Arabian sand cat population, its ‘incognito’ status for the past ten years isn’t down to its extinction as many people feared.
It’s taken five cameras with motion sensors, several dozen tins of chicken and fish-flavoured cat food and a month-long wait for the shiest of the region’s felines to delight us with its beautiful presence.
And we say ‘we’ quite lightly. In fact, the recent sighting of one male and two female Arabian sand cat wasn’t with the naked eye, but through the lens of one of the motion-sensored cameras set up across a 1,990-square-metre perimeter in Abu Dhabi’s Western regions.
We’re dying to see the photos captured by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (Ead), but until then here are some of the best and cutest sand cat pics we’ve found online.