The Pallas Cat, a small resident of Central Asia and surrounding areas, has become a favorite of mine in the wild felid kingdom. Here is a rare video of a wild Pallas, from Russia
The following black and white pictures are from World Wildlife Fund, and are described below the pictures –
Camera traps have captured the first-ever photographic evidence of the Pallas’s cat in Bhutan’s Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP). Also known as manul, this cat is a primitive species, defined by a strikingly flat head with high-set eyes and low-set ears that enable it to peer over rocky ledges in search of prey. The images of this cat, classified as near threatened on the IUCN Red List, were discovered as part of a snow leopard survey conducted by WWF and the Department of Forests and Park Services.
- More information about Pallas Cat, by conservation biologist Dr Steve Ross , can be found HERE .
- Conservation efforts of the Royal Zoological Society are summarized HERE.
- Recent discoveries of the breed in Nepal – where they were not thought to be resident – and an associated camera trap photo (shown below) are detailed HERE.
An apparent aspect of the breed seems to be its calm demeanor. This is quite unlike our felids here in Africa, where facial expressions are commonly used by cats to display their moods. Not so much with the Pallas Cat, it seems. See these photos –
As seen in the following video, even the kittens seem devoid of facial expressions –
The breed has a low head and low-set ears whereby members of this cat family are able to better peek over the top of promontories in order gaze at potential game, as seen in several of the pictures above and below –
More information from The Pallas Cat Working Group can be found HERE.