Rusty-spotted cat

Meet the smallest wild cat in Asia but don’t be fooled by its cute looks – this feline is a skilled predator

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Have you ever heard of the Rusty-spotted cat? It may be small, but it’s mighty impressive! This little feline can be found in parts of India and Sri Lanka. One of its most unique characteristics is its adorable appearance. With its big eyes and small size, it’s hard not to fall in love with this little guy.

Despite its adorable appearance, this cat is a proficient predator and can reach speeds of up to 48 km/h (30 mph). Moreover, it employs a distinctive hunting strategy whereby it ascends trees and ambushes its quarry from above. If you ever find yourself in the wilderness of Asia, it’s wise to stay vigilant for this small yet powerful feline!

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
India
2014
Nepal
2014
Sri Lanka
2014

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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