I was doing my daily reading this morning when I stumbled upon a webpage that talks about the seven threatened cat species you may not know. None of the big five got on the list, and there was one particular cat that caught my attention; one that doesn't have a picture (yes, it's that rare).
A quick browse at the webofknowledge further accentuated the cat's rarity--there are only two papers published on this subject. By the way there are pictures of bay cat available in one of the papers. All the pictures were taken by one of the researchers Jim Sanderson.
According to the papers, the bay cat is indeed one of the rarest (or most elusive?) felids in the world. This enigmatic creature is so rare that even experienced local hunters whom when interviewed were able to identify four out of five species of Bornean felids couldn't identify the species. Camera traps set up by Mohd Azlan and Jim Sanderson yielded only one photograph of a bay cat in 5034 trap nights.
|Image captured by Jim Sanderson. Image: en.wikipedia.org|
The only bay cat officially kept in captivity was an adult female bay cat in the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Kuching, Sarawak. The cat was confiscated during a failed smuggling attempt. It died of pneumonia in 2003 and the carcass was incinerated.
|Image captured by Jim Sanderson. Image: www.felineconservation.org|
|Image captured by Jim Sanderson. Image: www.arkive.org|