The Pallas cat isn’t your average house cat; these furry felines are native to the steppe regions of Central Asia where they live on high altitudes. They are solitary and spend their days in caves or rock crevices, coming out to hunt in the late afternoon. The Pallas cat is rare and doesn’t do well in captivity.
No one knew there were Pallas cats in Nepal until researchers stumbled over them when looking for snow leopards high in the Himalayan mountains. They saw something scurry away that looked like half house cat and half snow leopard.
Now they’ve been recorded in the wild for the first time, by camera traps 14,000 feet above sea level. Turns out they’re smarter than we gave them credit for. At least one Pallas cat discovered the camera trap and went to investigate.