A Very Exotic Cat

Hi, Mr. Nature here, with a cat you probably have never heard of–the manul, or Pallas’ Cat (named for a Mr. Pallas who first described the species for science). These cats, although they’re rare, are found all over Asia, from Iran to Mongolia. The ones in this video are in a zoo in New York.

Okay, who wants to go to the zoo and pay to see a cat? But these cats are unusual. They may look fat, but they’re not: that’s just their build. And they  need a lot of fur because it gets kind of cold in Tibet in the winter.

We are told by the zookeeper that they wouldn’t make good pets. Well, I don’t know how many people have ever tried to have a pet manul. It would make a very nice package for your lap. Almost all animals respond to kindness, gentleness, and affection, and cats are intelligent and adaptable. Not that I’m urging you to acquire a member of an endangered species for a pet! Our animal shelters are full of nice ordinary cats who really need you.

But I do find these Pallas cats pleasing to look at, their fur cries out to be petted, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they turn up in North Obann, one of these days.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

2 responses to “A Very Exotic Cat

  • Linda Sorci, ac

    Spectacular cats! I have seen them before, but not in person, unfortunately. They’re beautiful animals aren’t they? Their fur is so inviting and I love the stocky shortness. 🙂


  • UnKnowable

    I’ve seen pictures of these before, but seeing them move gives a much more accurate impression. These are tough looking little cats. I guess that their natural range requires that they be hardy.


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