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Skating ith the Stars Benefit Gala in New York
Tika Sumpter (C) poses with Harlem Globetrotters' Bucket (R) and Wild Cat at the 2008 Skating with the Stars Benefit Gala honoring Dorothy Hamill at Wollman Rink in New York on March 31, 2008. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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The Wildcat (Felis silvestris), sometimes Wild Cat or Wild-cat, is a small cat (Felinae) native to Europe, the western part of Asia, and Africa. It is a hunter of small mammals, birds, and other creatures of a similar size. There are several subspecies distributed in different regions. Sometimes included is the ubiquitous domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), which has been introduced to every habitable continent and most of the world's larger islands, and has become feral in many of those environments.

In its native environment, the Wildcat is adaptable to a variety of habitat types: savanna, open forest, and steppe. Although domesticated breeds show a great variety of shapes and colours, wild individuals are medium-brown with black stripes, between 45 and 80 cm (18–32 inches) in length, and weigh between 3 and 8 kilograms (6–17.6 pounds). Shoulder height averages about 35 cm (14 in) and tail length is about 30 cm (12 in). The African subspecies tends to be a little smaller and a lighter brown in colour.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Wild Cat."