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4 FASCINATING FACTS
ABOUT THE PALLAS CAT
By Kim Campbell Thornton
This wild felid (Otocolobus manul) has a number of interesting characteristics.
Here are four things you might not
Rock on: Named after
18th-century German biologist Peter
Simon Pallas, who first described the
species in 1776, this wild cat is also
known as the manul, steppe cat, or
rock wild cat. The latter name refers
to his preference for rocky areas
with cover, which help him blend
into his surroundings. He is found in
Central Asia, from the Caspian Sea
through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
and northern India to central China,
Mongolia, and southern Russia.
That face! The Pallas cat has a
round head, flat face, short, rounded
ears, and large yellow eyes. Unlike
most cats, whose pupils contract into
vertical slits, his form small circles.
A fur piece: Beneath the Pallas cat’s thick soft fur is a dark, woolly undercoat twice as long as the fur
on the rest of the body. It makes him
heavily hunted for his pelt.
Love ’em and leave ’em
Both sexes are solitary but mate
between December and March.
The mating call is said to resemble a cross between the bark of a
small dog and the hoot of an owl.
In the Wild