Curious Pallas Cat Intrigued By Camera

Motion-sensing “camera traps” placed deep in remote ecosystems have been instrumental in recording the natural behavior of some of the world’s most elusive animals -- though sometimes they do catch something else: the earth-shattering moment they seem to realize that they’re being watched.

Just watch as this ferociously furry Pallas’s cat discovers the camera placed outside his den then move in for a better look.

These small felines, standing roughly the same size as a domestic house cat, are notoriously shy in their mountainous habitat high in the Himalayan mountain range. Footage like this, gathered from camera traps, is often the only evidence researchers have to go on that they are actually there.

In fact, just earlier this year, these majestic little Pallas’s cats was discovered living in Nepal for the first time ever -- offering tantalizing clues that the notoriously shy species’ range is larger than previously thought.


Responses to "Watch The Earth-Shattering Moment This Pallas's Cat Found A Camera Outside His Den (VIDEO)"

  1. Kelli says:

    Beautiful animal!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This sure brought a smile to my face! Very cute!

  3. Anonymous says:

    The intelligence and glare from his eyes were intense.

  4. Unknown says:

    It's not anthropomorphizing

  5. Unknown says:

    I would agree: not "earth-shattering" by any stretch of the imagination.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Lighten up, and enjoy. SMH.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hmmph - where's the auto focus?

  8. Anonymous says:

    What an amazing chance to see, and be seen, by that profound gaze. Made me wonder if it was a mother with kittens in the den. Piercing, very strong and beautiful.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Down right weird looking and wonderful at the same time. It doesn't have to be an exciting video, just a showing is some thing very nice.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What an absolutely beautiful animal this is. Can I congratulate the cameraman who took the film and also the producers for letting the world but most of all the Chinese see the animal in the flesh. The Chinese will now have it on its must have list for more medical procedures and there fore put it on the worlds endangered list like a lot of other wild life. The truth hurts so they say but the Chinese use ground tiger tail bones to numb thier feelings. David James UK

  11. Unknown says:

    I sure enjoyed it.

  12. kushka53 says:

    a gorgeous being. what a gaze and awareness. takes one back in time. great footage

  13. Anonymous says:

    its from a remote camera, no cameraman. wake up ffs.

  14. Oh, man... If this camera had an auto-focus (which something like this really couldn't, due to the noise alerting the target animals), that footage would have been even more amazing.

  15. Anonymous says:

    "Don't make me bring my fluff out there!"

  16. Anonymous says:

    Cool, but most likely the cat noticed a reflection in the lens and went to see who it was...

  17. Anonymous says:

    Interesting and delightful, but not "Earth Shattering." what crap.

    Sharon J.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps "Earth Shattering" for the animal...

  19. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous animal. Hey internet, lighten up!

  20. Anonymous says:

    What an adorable cat!!..........makes me want to hug it and stroke that fluffy fur coat! :))

  21. Anonymous says:

    BTW this is NOT taken in Nepal, but rather at Port Lympne zoo in the south of England. (The post doesn't say it's in Nepal, but lots of people take it that way). This is what the Nepal camera trap images look like – the animal comes out at night in the wild!

  22. c wlkr jr says:

    Auto focus isn't the issue. One needs a macro lens to for close focusing and at that close a range (seemingly touching the lens) it still wouldn't have mattered.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Theres more plot to this video then transformers 4. 4 stars.

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