The Rare Pallas’s Cat
The unusual appearance of the Pallas’s Cat has led some to theorize that manul may be a relative to the Persian cat who also have very fluffy fur, round features and quite unusual face shape for cats. Unlike other cats the Pallas’s cat is the slowest among them relying on stealth and patience. See more here.
Not as Big as They Look
Known also as the ‘manul’, which is Mongolian in origin, this wildcat appears much bigger and heavier than it truly is: its hair keeps it warm in cold weather but also gives the illusion because of it’s stocky frame that it’s larger than it appears. They have longer and denser fur and undercoat than any of the other cats, underneath all this fur they are the same size as domestic cats.
Say “Cheese” or was that “Gerbil”
In the picture above one would think they are quite grumpy, but that just the start. The Pallas’ cat’s eyes differ from other felids. They are round, not slit-like, and react like human eyes by contracting when faced with strong light rays. As with all cats, they possess a third eyelid (nictitating membrane). In the case of Pallas’ cats, this may be crucial for protection against extreme weather conditions such as severe winds and dust storms. See more here.
Quite Adorable but Seriously Endangered
The Manul has been listed in the Red Book of Russia, along with Kazakhstan, Kyrgizia, Mongolia and China as well. It is one of the least studied wild cats in the world with the area of habitat from Caucasus to east Mongolia. Population of manuls difficult to define. Even though the area of habitat has not changed in the last few decades, the population continues to decrease across the whole area. In recent years manul disappeared from the Caspian region and the East of their habitat in China. See more here.