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.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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