African wild cat in Tanzania

Felis_sylvestris_lybica_1.jpg by kibuyu.

The African wild cat is nocturnal and although common, it is rarely seen. It is the ancestor of the domestic cat, which probablybranched off in the last 10,000 years. Photo by Kibuyu on Flickr who notes:

African wild cat, Serengeti short-grass plains, Tanzania. This cat was in completely flat open country miles from any tree or bush, and retreated to a burrow when it saw me.