Almost nothing is known about the habits of the mysterious bay cat, but it is thought to be at risk of extinction due to widespread loss of its habitat on Borneo in the Malaysian province of Sabah.

 The animals have been observed by researchers who are trying to understand the impact of logging on the lives of animals in tropical forests.

Until now, the bay cat (Pardofelis badia) had been recorded by remote, motion-sensitive cameras just a handful of times in its Borneo forest home and was only photographed in the wild for the first time in 2003.

Adult cats weigh 3 to 4 kilogrammes with bodies around 60 centimetres, not including their tail. The long tail has a white streak on its underside and a small black tip, which is often hard to see because of the way their tails curl upwards at the end.

Photo Credit:  Sebastian Kennerknect, Panthera 

The bay cat is one of five cat species native to Borneo, the list includes: the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) and marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata). All of these species except the leopard cat are listed as threatened with global extinction on the IUCN Red List.

Video: Cameras Spot Rare Bay Cats in Borneo

Responses to "Caught on camera: Elusive bay cat from Borneo"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope they tted hifee iht away

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was thinking FELINES, so acutely sensitive and necessarily defensive HAS to be for such stellar capabilities domestics are judicious good species to mimic in many ways ...
    Lissi. Stuart

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