Bay cat, also known as the Borneo bay cat, is one of the rarest cats in the world. This cat is so unapproachable, that researchers were able to study it yet after more than a century! Moreover, it is considered as critically endangered since 2002, existing only fewer than 2500 individuals.

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The walking mystery.

The name of this cat officially appeared in 1874 on a found skull and torn skin. These items were sent to England by Alfred Russel Wallace. Yet in 1992 the cat was captured for the first time by naturalists, in order to find out something more about this rare beauty. Sadly, the fact that this cat is so hard to find is even more frustrating due is listed as endangered.

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Where can we find the bay cat?

As the other name suggests, the cat is found only on the island of Borneo. Dense primary forests and areas of rocky limestone are its habitats. Moreover, it was seen near rivers and in highland areas. Yet, in the 1990s the cat was seen in a variety of habits, including swamp forests, lowland to hill forests up to at least 1600 feet. Finally, all the records are from close to water bodies such as rivers and mangroves.

How does the bay cat look?

Much smaller than the Asian golden cat, our rare beauty has a fur of a bright chestnut color, rather paler beneath, with redder limbs and tail. The long tail, with a white central streak occupying the rear half of the lower side, is gradually becoming wider towards the tip. An adult can grow from 19,5 to 26,4 inches in length and weigh between 6,6 and 8,8 pounds.

Habits and lifestyle.

Sadly, very little is known about the bay cat’s lifestyle. However, since the cat is very rarely seen in nature, it’s obvious this beauty is nocturnal, as well as solitary. Naturally, being a carnivore, this cat feeds on small rodents, carrion, birds, and monkeys.

Did you know the zoos around the world offer a prize of 10,000 dollars for each collected bay cat from the wild?

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