Golden Cat of Borneo

He is a wild animal

Origin
Borneo
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 Golden Cat of Borneo is a feline of the genus Pardofelis, endemic to the island of Borneo. About the size of a domestic cat, it resembles Temminck's cat, but has a uniform red or gray coat and a long tail. It is one of the least known felines: no data on its reproduction or lifestyle have ever been collected. It is assumed that it inhabits primary forests and hunts small animals such as rodents.

Little known to local populations, this feline has long been known only through skins and skulls held by natural history museums. Biometric and morphological data on the Bay Cat are based almost entirely on a single specimen captured by chance in 1992, and the first photograph of this feline in the wild dates back to 1998. Since then, the scientific community has had access to some thirty photographs taken in the 2000s using camera traps.

Classified as "Endangered" by the IUCN, the Bay Cat is protected throughout its range. The main threats to the species are poaching and deforestation. It is included in the Bornean Wild Cat and Clouded Leopard Project, whose aim is to provide behavioral and ecological data on Bornean cats, and should eventually benefit from a protection plan.

The bay cat's coat comes in two different colors: red and gray. Although the initial hypothesis favored the reddish rather than the gray form, research has shown that there is no dominant phase and both colors can be found indifferently in a group of individuals. Some traces of spots can be seen on the body. The belly is lighter, slightly mottled. The underside of the tail is characterized by a long, whitish mark extending from the base to the middle of the tail.

The head is rounded. The underside of the ears, set fairly low on the skull, is dark gray with no white spot in the middle. A stripe runs from the outer side of each eye to the forehead, and faint stripes run horizontally across the cheeks. On the back of the skull, markings form the letter M. The dentition is characterized by a small upper first premolar, with a rounded head and a single root.

The body with head measures 50 to 69 cm, while the tail reaches 35 to 43 cm. Total length is estimated at around 85 cm, and the height at the shoulder, close to that of the domestic cat, is 28 to 30 cm. The bay cat's weight is estimated at two to four kilos.

Little is known about its behavior. It is reputedly ferocious and probably lives alone. It feeds on small mammals such as rats and mice, but also on insects, monkeys and birds. It is probably a scavenger at times, and may attack larger prey. It is thought to hunt on the ground. It is apparently diurnal, with peak activity at dawn.

No comments

No comments

Nobody has submitted a comment yet.

Last updated articles

  • Papichon -- Continental Toy Spaniel X Bichon frise

    Papichon He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France and Belgium -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Papichon The Papichon is a hybrid dog breed, a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Papillon. Both parent breeds are attractive, the Papillon with its silky fur and large butterfly ears, while the Bichon is...
  • Paperanian -- Continental Toy Spaniel X German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

    Paperanian He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin France and Belgium <> Germany -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Pomillon A brief presentation of the Paperanian Paperanians are refined little dogs with a sophisticated appearance. Their expression is always cheerful and attentive, their dark, attractive eyes...
  • Norkie -- Norfolk Terrier X Yorkshire Terrier

    Norkie He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Great Britain -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Norkie The Norkie is an extremely rare hybrid dog that currently exists in very small numbers internationally. By combining the fiery, inquisitive nature of the Norfolk Terrier with the affectionate personality of the Yorkshire...
  • Newfypoo -- Newfoundland X Poodle

    Newfypoo He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Canada <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as NewdleNewfydoodleNewfoundlandoodle A brief presentation of the Newfypoo A cross between the gentle, giant, larger-than-life Newfoundland and the versatile, good-natured Standard Poodle, the Newfypoo has a lot...
  • Mountain Feist

    Mountain Feist He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Mountain Feist The Mountain Feist is one of those slightly confusing breeds. It's a type of dog rather than a specific breed, only to complicate matters, this type has been officially recognized as a breed. Go figure.So,...
  • Yorktese -- Yorkshire Terrier X Maltese

    Yorktese He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Great Britain <> Central Mediterranean -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as MalkieMalkiMaltiyorkMorkieYorkiemaltYortese A brief presentation of the Yorktese A combination of two toy breeds, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese, the Yorktese is a small, designer...
  • Molossos Tis Epirou

    Molossos Tis Epirou He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Greece Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Molossos Tis Epirou A little-known breed despite its impressive stature and remarkable history, the Molossos Tis Epirou is recognized in its home country by the Greek Kennel Club. Even in Greece, there aren't many breed...
  • Mastidoodle -- Mastiff X Poodle

    Mastidoodle He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Great-Britain <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Mastipoo A brief presentation of the Mastidoodle Crossing the formidable Mastiff with the versatile Poodle was virtually inevitable in the world of specific crossbreeding dogs, and the result was a pleasing...
  • Maltipoo -- Maltese X Poodle

    Maltipoo He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Central Mediterranean Basin <> France -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Maltipoo One of the most popular Poodle hybrids to emerge in the last 20 years, the cute and cuddly Maltipoo has captured the hearts of many. The product of a cross between a purebred...
  • Maltipom -- Maltese X German Toy Spitz / Pomeranian

    Maltipom He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Central Mediterranean Basin <> Germany -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Maltipom For those who lack the willpower and already have enough pets at home, look away now. The Maltipom is a pretty bundle of fluff that's sure to steal your heart. Inheriting its...
  • Malti-Pug - Maltese X Pug

    Malti-Pug He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Central Mediterranean Basin <> China -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Malti-Pug Here's a specific crossbreed dog for those who love all things miniature and fluffy. The Malti-Pug is a little bundle of fur with delightful markings and an affectionate, outgoing...
  • Malchi -- Maltese X Chihuahua

    Malchi He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Central Mediterranean Basin <> Mexico -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as MalachiMaltechi A brief presentation of the Malchi The Malchi is a hybrid dog, the result of crossing a Maltese with a Chihuahua. They are also known as Malachi or Maltechi. The resulting dog...
  • Alaskan Malador -- Alaskan Malamute X Labrador Retriever

    Alaskan Malador He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin U.S.A. <> Canada -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Alaskan Lab A brief presentation of the Alaskan Malador Alaskan Maladors are active, affectionate pets that get along with almost everyone. They require a little exercise, attention and maintenance. In...
  • Majorcan Pointer

    Majorcan Pointer He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Spain Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Majorcan Pointer The Majorcan Pointer is little known outside their native Majorca. These Pointer-type dogs are used by local sportsmen to hunt game. Considered a rare breed, they were once thought to be extinct until small...
  • Lurcher

    Lurcher He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Great Britain Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Lurcher A bit of a mongrel, the Lurcher is not only a crossbreed, it can also be made up of a variety of different breeds, meaning that Lurchers are one of the most diverse types of dog. Most will be athletically built with...
  • Labrottie -- Labrador Retriever X Rottweiler

    Labrottie He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Canada <> Germany -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as Rottwador A brief presentation of the Labrottie A relatively popular hybrid, this Labrador-Rottweiler cross is now widely seen around the world. The Labrottie is a large, robust dog with a dense double coat...
  • Labrala -- Labrador Retriever X Hungarian short haired pointer

    Labrala He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Canada <> Hungary -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen This breed is also known as VizsladorRetizsla A brief presentation of the Labrala An undeniably attractive mix, the Labrala is a combination of the happy Labrador Retriever and the devoted Hungarian Shorthaired Pointer. They have...
  • Labraheeler-- Labrador Retriever X Australian Cattle Dog

    Labraheeler He is not recognized by the F.C.I. Origin Canada <> Australia -> U.S.A. Translation Francis Vandersteen A brief presentation of the Labraheeler A cross between the docile, easy-going Labrador Retriever and the intelligent, hard-working Australian Cattle Dog, the Labraheeler is a fine pet for an active household. They benefit from good...