Australia is famous for its wealth of deadly creatures, but here’s one supreme predator you didn’t expect – a stray cat has been spotted eating an entire kangaroo.
The cat wasn’t seen actually killing the five-foot beast but it certainly seems to be enjoying its meal.
Emma Spencer who is studying for a PhD at the University of Sydney, had set up camera traps around a number of large animal carcasses in Australia’s Simpson Desert to record which species came to scavenge on them.
When she checked her video back, she was surprised to see an entire red kangaroo carcass being eaten by one very hungry cat.
“I’m fairly sure that feral cats have been documented feeding on kangaroo carcasses before,” she told IFLScience .
“That being said, I haven’t heard of a feral cat consuming an entire red kangaroo before, which is why we were so surprised when we reviewed our camera footage!”
Emma had been expecting to see wild dogs and dingoes feasting on the kangaroo’s remains, but she saw very few.
Perhaps because they know not to mess with a hungry cat.
Emma told ABC News that it took the ginger cat a few days to eat it all.
“It was probably a very happy cat,” she quipped.
Even when the five-stone kangaroo was eaten, the cat hung around its bones for weeks, spray-marking the area to mark its territory and record its major triumph.
While cats prefer to catch their own prey, especially rabbits and other small mammals, they are not quite the fussy eaters some owners believe them to be.
Emma said: “We made our observations during a drought, where there perhaps wasn’t enough of their preferred prey in the environment to fill their rumbling stomachs.
“These cats were probably being forced to supplement their normal diet with food that they wouldn’t usually go for – in this case, some very smelly carcasses.”
Red kangaroos, which can grow to over 5ft tall, might not be your pet cat’s first choice of supper – but it’s worth knowing that they’ll happily give them a try if you run out of Whiskas.
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Moran)