World’s Most Cryptic Feline Photographed in Logging Concession

Shown below is a camera trap image of a bay cat.

Bay cats are found only on the island of Borneo and are slightly larger than an average domestic cat but with a long tail. The reddish coloured coat makes the cat stand out from other felines in the region, however, individuals have also shown a grey-black form. The IUCN Red List currently categorizes the bay cat as Endangered, estimating that less than 2,500 survive in Borneo, and there have been no thorough studies of the cat.

Bay cat caught on camera trap in logging concession in Sabah. Photo by: Oliver Wearn/SAFE Project. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1105-hance-bay-cat-logging.html#Th5y3mXEPSGMdfbg.99

Bay cat caught on camera trap in logging concession in Sabah. Photo by: Oliver Wearn/SAFE Project.

Incredibly, the first photograph of a bay cat in its rainforest habitat was not taken until 2003 so the scientists were very surprised to find their remote camera traps captured numerous photos of this elusive cat in a commercial logging concession in Sabah (a state in Malaysian Borneo).

For further details, including a list of other wild cats photographed in the logging concession and more pictures, please visit the Mongabay web site.

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