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2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
In the feline world there is a cat considered by many to be the most funny of all: it is the Pallas's cat, a particular breed of wild cat rather rare named after the naturalist Peter Pallas who in 1776 was the first to describe it. It is precisely about him that we will talk about in this article.
Pallas's cat is also called steppe cat since it lives mainly in the mountain steppes of central Asia, where it is considered a protected species and at risk of extinction because for a long time its thick fur has been tempting to hunters in the area. The scientific name attributed to him by Pallas was Felis manul (the latter word originating in the Mongolian language) but was later changed to Otocolobus manul, which means "horrible ears".
Appearance and characteristics
However, there is nothing "horrible" about the appearance of this cat, which we could define unusual and lovely at the same time: it has a long and thick hair that protects from the cold and makes it appear more robust than it is, it has an oval head, a flattened muzzle, small and well spaced ears; his pupils, atypical for a cat, they are round rather than slit and help make it take on some of the funniest expressions we can find in the feline world. His short, stubby legs do not make him a good runner: in case of danger he will prefer to hide rather than try to escape.
There fur of this cat is of a color tending to gray in winter and reddish / silver in summer, during which it may also have transverse ocher-colored streaks.
There length of an average specimen ranges from 46 to 65 cm, while the weight it oscillates between 2, 5 and 4, 5 kg. His life expectation, probably influenced by the harsh conditions of its habitat, it ranges from 8 to 11 and a half years old.
As already mentioned, the steppe cat lives in Central Asia and more precisely between China, Mongolia and the Himalayas; thanks to its thick fur, there is no problem in inhabiting areas located at more than 5000 m of altitude, bearing the climate.
Although the numerous photos of this cat spread on the net have made it extremely popular, perhaps making us think of someone who can turn out to be an excellent pet, remember that it is still a wild cat: there is and should not be a breeding or a trade in these specimens, which must be protected and left to live in their natural habitat.
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