Sunday, May 4, 2008

Asian Golden Cat

Asian Golden CatAlso known as Temminck's Golden Cat, the Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis Temminckii) is a wild cat of medium body size. Weighing approximately thirty pounds, the cat roughly equals a small dog in size, with an average length of four feet including the tail. Long considered to be closely related to its African cousin, the Asian Golden Cat is a resident mainly of Southeast Asia.

The coat is usually plain and coarse with the color ranging from red to golden in shades. Melanistic specimens are often seen as well. Spots are seen on its trunk in certain parts of the geographical range whereas the belly and under parts are usually light in coloration. White lines run across its cheeks and from the inner corners of eyes to head. The tail also has a white line on the under surface near its tip, which is also white. In northern parts of its range, the cat often has dark markings including rosettes and stripes, bearing close resemblance at times to the leopard cat.

A secretive and solitary predator, the Asian Golden Cat is believed to hunt mainly at night. Birds, lizards, rodents and small ungulates are reputedly taken. Scavenging has also been recorded for this particular feline, though larger animals including wild boar and young buffalo calves are also reputedly hunted at times - the felines operating in pairs to bring them down.

The cat appears to prefer dense forests in tropics for its habitat. It resides in a number of countries at varying altitudes including Nepal, Tibet, India, China, Sumatra and Malaysia. Three distinct subspecies are recognized based on regional differences:

Pardofelis Temminckii Temminckii - Himalayas to Sumatra

Pardofelis Temminckii Tristis - Southwest China

Pardofelis Temminckii Dominicanorum - Southeast China

Not much is known about the behavior and reproductive profile of the Asiatic Golden Cat, though it is believed that males participate in rearing of the young. Mostly one kitten is born after a pregnancy lasting around eighty days. Maturity is reached at at between one and a half to two years of age. Life span in captivity is known to be up to twenty years.

Principal threats to this beautiful animal include deforestation and hunting for its pelt and bones that are being increasingly utilized in Chinese traditional medicines. The cats don't breed well in captivity and are currently classified as vulnerable.

19 comments:

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cat.

Anonymous said...

WOW

Anonymous said...

i thought that they were endangered, not just vulnerable.

snowforest said...

They had been definitely endangered, generally speaking. But the scientific classification according to the IUCN system was previously 'Vulnerable'. At the moment it is 'Near Threatened'.

Anonymous said...

awesomeeee i love itt <33

Anonymous said...

Wow. <:(

Anonymous said...

I hate the Chinese!!! Blady awful people with their pathetic beliefs about shark fins and anything else that moves past them that doesn't get away from them in time!!! Savage people!

Jerry Seinfeld said...

Well I usually like big cats but not these ones..to be honest!

snowforest said...

These are not big cats..to be honest ;)

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Linda said...

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Anonymous said...

awww i <3 them im in <3 with ALL the wild cats ( and housae cats <3

Anonymous said...

cats rock!!!

toshiko (neko girl) said...

thats one pritty kitty lol you all are awesome if u seen this!

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