IUCN Status: Near threatened
These incredibly grumpy looking wild cats are masters of disguise and use their fur colouring to blend into their surroundings very effectively. Pallas cat numbers are in decline in the wild.
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Elongated hair on the Pallas cat’s belly and tail serve as extra insulation against the cold and its low set, rounded ears are ideal for hunting in open country, where there is little cover.
The most significant threat to wild Pallas cats is the large scale poisoning of the pika population – a small rodent the size of a rat, found in huge numbers across the Pallas cat’s range. Pikas form a large proportion of the Pallas cats' diet, unfortunately they are poisoned as farmers consider them a pest.
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