If you’re a cat lover, you might want to add the Bay cat or Bornean bay cat to your list of must-see felines. These elusive and mysterious creatures are native to the dense forests of Borneo, and they’re so rare that scientists have only managed to capture a few of them on camera traps. With their reddish-brown fur and big round eyes, they look like a cross between a domestic cat and a tiny leopard.
Despite their cute appearance, they are fierce predators that feed on small mammals like rodents, birds, and even bats. There are so few sightings of the Bay cat that it’s listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No