Madness isn’t limited to March and December! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, so I’ll be shamelessly copying UkuleleDan’s approach to determining that Die Hard is the best Christmas movie. Except that instead of Christmas movies, wild species of canids and felids will be going paw-to-paw to see which one is the greatest/cutest/bestest/whichever criteria you use to vote!

I’ve completed series on both felids (Caturday) and canids (Wednesday Woof), and it was from these series that I put together the contenders. Again, you can use any personal criteria you want to decide which animal to vote for - I personally will be using cuteness and overall awesomeness. I recommend perusing the posts about each animal and looking at as many pictures of them as you can find, especially the babies!

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The very, very nebulous categories for this Madness are Foxes, Biggish Dogs, Mostly Biggish Cats, and Smallish Cats. Match-ups were decided completely at random. Round 1 regional polls are below, and the overall schedule is as follows:

Round 2: Tuesday, January 12

Sweet 16: Thursday, January 14

Elite 8: Tuesday, January 19

Final Four: Thursday, January 21

Championship: Tuesday, January 26

Mostly Biggish Cats

Tiger vs. Serval

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Iberian Lynx vs. Cougar

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Jaguar vs. Geoffrey’s Cat

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Leopard vs. Rusty-spotted Cat

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Eurasian Lynx vs. Snow Leopard

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Jungle Cat vs. Cheetah

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Lion vs. Canada Lynx

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Clouded Leopard vs. African Golden Cat

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Biggish Dogs

Chilla vs. Gray Wolf

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Golden Jackal vs. Dingo

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African Wild Dog vs. Raccoon Dog

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Bush Dog vs. Coyote

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Red Wolf vs. Side-striped Jackal

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Black-backed Jackal vs. Short-eared Dog

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Ethiopian Wolf vs. Maned Wolf

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Mexican Wolf vs. Dhole

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See you next week for Round 2!