Behold the Bay Cat: One of Rarest Cats in the World

Bay_cat_1_Jim_Sanderson.jpg: Jim Sandersonderivative work: Abujoy, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bornean bay cat (Catopuma badia) is currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN list. Less than 2,200 individuals currently inhabit the island, threatened primarily by habitat loss, and that number is declining.

Bay cats are normally chestnut in color with lighter hued tails and limbs and long white-streaked tails. The animals boast rounded ears and are generally about two feet in length, weighing between six and nine pounds.

A low population density attributes to the rarity of these unique cats, in addition to their nocturnal, solitary behavior.

In some incredibly rare footage, the rarely-seen Bornean bay cat was caught on camera trap — in an environment outside of the cat’s documented native range.

The elusive animal was documented more than forty miles outside of its normal distribution range.

The cat’s exact location was kept confidential for purposes of protection.

Watch the video below.

A collaboration of scientists out of Oxford Brookes University, Muhammadiyah University Palangka Raya, and the University of Exeter set up more than fifty camera traps in more than 28 locations across the Rungan Landscape in Central Kalimantan, Borneo.

The footage features the rare chestnut feline in an unusual environment for these particular cats that included peat swamps and heath. They normally inhabit tropical forests, including rocky limestone outcrops.

“There is still a lot we don’t know about the forests of Borneo and the clock is ticking. More surveys are needed to understand the distribution and ecological needs of Borneo’s wildlife if we are to save species on the brink of extinction,” the team said in a statement to Mongabay.

Check out another clip of this elusive creature caught on a trail cam below: