Bay cat

Ready to go on a wild cat chase? Keep your eyes peeled for the forest ninja of Borneo!

Jim Sanderson

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).

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Brunei
2014
Presence Uncertain
Indonesia
2014
Kalimantan
Malaysia
2014
Sarawak, Sabah

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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