Video Of The Week - Rare Pallas's Cats Captured On Camera In Mongolia

By

CCSS NAS-3 285 Words 2-Minute Listen
Photo Credit: By Keven Law [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsKeven Law [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Pallas’s cat is a small-sized wild cat species that lives in the remote steppes and mountains of Central Asia. Excessive hunting of the cats that are coveted for their thick, lush, fur as well the loss of habitat has greatly reduced their numbers in the wild. As a result, the beautiful animals have been on IUCN’s near-threatened list of species since 2002. It is, therefore, no wonder that the recent sighting of the elusive felines in the mountains of Mongolia is causing such joy among conservationists and cat lovers worldwide.

The footage, released on August 31, was captured by remote sensor research cameras placed in Mongolia’s Zoolon Mountains by the newly formed Pallas’s Cat International Conservation Alliance (PICA). Launched earlier this year, PICA aims to learn more about these mysterious cats and find ways to save them before it is too late. The video shows an adult cat stalking for prey in broad daylight and a night shot featuring three Pallas’ cubs peering curiously at the camera.

Pallas’s cat poses for camera in Mongolia (Photo Credit: Snow Leopard Trust)

Also called manuls, the wild cats are about the same size as domestic felines. However, they appear to be bigger due to their stocky build and long, thick, fur. The flat-faced animals also have very unusual pupils that contract into small circles, rather than the typical vertical slits seen on other cats. Cute as they are, Pallas’s cats do not make good house pets. Besides being hard to domesticate, the felines also have a very weak immune system. Hence, while they live long and healthy lives in the wild where there are few viruses, the cats are very susceptible to diseases if reared in captivity, which is why they are rarely seen in zoos.

Resources: wikipedia.org, snowleopard.org

Cite Article
677 Comments
  • hayiba000
    hayiba000Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:31 am
    They are so cute !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want one
    • kittenlover11
      kittenlover11Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:26 pm
      poor cute wild cats. they r so cute and fluffy 🥰🤩
      • dinoday
        dinodayThursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:11 am
        Cute wild cat!
        • warriorcatskid
          warriorcatskidThursday, January 28, 2021 at 8:59 am
          They are so cute an fluffy!!!
          • tulibagi-160064716087
            tulibagi-160064716087Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12:41 pm
            I want one but they deserve to go back to there habitat.
            • tulibagi-160064716087
              tulibagi-160064716087Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:46 am
              But they need to put them back into there home
              • tulibagi-160064716087
                tulibagi-160064716087Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:45 am
                Sooooo cute I want to pet it
                • peaceful
                  peacefulFriday, June 5, 2020 at 11:02 am
                  I said awwwww so cutttttte
                  • cr4td4l
                    cr4td4lSaturday, May 9, 2020 at 6:27 pm
                    Aww...
                    • bangarangwolf
                      bangarangwolfMonday, May 4, 2020 at 9:10 am
                      They are cute and fluffy and wild