Israeli rodent and cat
Thanks to Jon for guiding me in how to add images. These are from earlier this month in Israel. The rodent was one of four or five that emerged after dark from holes in the stone wall shelters at Borot Lotz/Lotz Cisterns campsite, near the Israel/Egypt border in the Negev. They took quite a liking to running about under my tent and were easily tempted into view with some cake crumbs. I’ve got a few other photos of them that I haven’t sorted yet but the one below gives a good impression of the animals. From Aulagnier et al, I’m thinking maybe Libyan Jird but I have no previous experience with this group of species. Is anyone able to pass comment?
The cat (a male), posted just for interest, was in an agricultural area a few km NE of Kiryat Gat, 50 km or so south of Tel Aviv. I don’t want to make too much of this and I very much assume it is largely of Feral Cat heritage. It does show a resemblance to some images of African Wildcat, but I doubt that very much can be done, beyond supposition, to establish its ancestry any further.