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Behold, sand cats!

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The tiny kitties, who live in the northern reaches of Africa and Central Asia, have never been photographed¬†— until now.

Thanks to the group Panthera, whose mission is to protect big felines, a cadre of camouflaged cats was caught in the wild recently, when they emerged from their lair in Morocco’s patch of the Sahara Desert.

The six-to-eight-week-old kittens are all eyes and paws, and one in particular took center stage in the most presh hour-long photo sesh you’ve ever seen.


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Researchers took plenty of pics, and then Mama came out to play. The scientists took the cue, and promptly let the cats return to the wild.

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