Clouded Panther of Borneo

He is a wild animal

Origin
Borneo and Sumatra Islands
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
The possession of this animal is not authorized Royal Decree establishing the list of mammals not kept for production purposes that may be kept (M.B. 24.08.2009)
The Clouded Panther of Borneo is a species of feline found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Originally considered a subspecies of the Clouded Panther, this feline has no established vernacular names and has been referred to by the following terms throughout its history: Diard Cat, Diard, Clouded Panther of Borneo or Spotted Leopard of Borneo.

The Nebulous Panther of Borneo, long considered a subspecies of the Nebulous Panther, has a very similar appearance. However, this feline has smaller and more numerous markings, reminiscent of rosettes. The ground color is yellow-gray to gray, and the double dorsal stripe is entire. Melanistic individuals have been observed15 only on the island of Borneo.

On the island of Borneo, the Bornean Clouded Panther has been observed hunting Nasiques, but also pigs, fallow deer, Bornean Orangutan and small mammals. On the Malaysian side of Borneo, a 1987 study showed that it preys on young Sambars, Muntjacs, Chevrotains, Bearded Boars, Hermaphroditic Palm Civets, Hose Semnopithecines, fish and porcupines. Bearded Boars and Muntjacs were killed by a bite to the lower neck.

In Sumatra's Gunung Leuser National Park, study of the feces of the Bornean Clouded Panther shows that it feeds mainly on primates, but also on Muntjacs and Giant Argus.

A feline held in captivity in Sarawak in the early 1930s refused dead meat and ate two chickens a day. Before eating, the birds were plucked and the monkeys peeled by licking them.

In Sarawak, hunters testified that after killing a female from their boat, they were attacked by the male once on the ground.

In 1986, surveys were carried out among indigenous populations in Sabah and Sarawak. Over 80% of sightings were of felines moving on the ground, on paths and trails in primary or selectively logged secondary forests. The majority of tree sightings were in primary forests, and three out of four were during the day. The Bornean Clouded Panther probably uses trees for resting and moves mainly on the ground.

The absence of tigers and leopards in Borneo is probably a positive factor for clouded leopard populations. In particular, the feline's behavior is more diurnal in Borneo than in Sumatra. According to a 1993 study carried out in Sumatra's Gunung Leuser National Park, the majority of camera traps were triggered at night.

The Bornean clouded leopard is probably one of the five cats that emit prusten. This short vocalization (less than a second) has a sound similar to a horse snort and is used for short-distance friendly contact.

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