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Endangered Asian Species : Bengal Leopard cat

Animal

Bengal Leopard cat is an endangered species that is distributed mainly in India, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Cats have been found to be infected with the new coronavirus and may also be infected with the new Omicron species that came out in 2021. At first glance, the Leopard cat has the same impression as a domestic cat. However, the length of the tail is about half of the total length. The size of the body is about the size of a large domestic cat on average. It is an endangered species with a characteristic beautiful coat.

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Habitat

Bengal leopard cats are widely distributed in East Asia and South Asia, from the Far East of Russia to the Korean Peninsula, China, India, Pakistan, eastern Afghanistan, Southeast Asia such as the Indochina Peninsula, the Philippines, Indonesia, and one of the domestic ones. It is also distributed in the part.

Characterictics

Body length 35-60 cm, weight 3-5 kg. There are 4-5 dark stripes from the forehead to the shoulders. There are individual differences in coat color such as yellowish brown or silvery white, and the hair is short and the abdomen is whitish. The back of the pinna is covered with black hair and has white spots. There are about 4 black belts on the neck and 2 black belts on the cheeks. The ears are round and the back is black with white spots. It lives in forest areas such as tropical forests, temperate forests, and coniferous forests from lowlands to mountains, and is very good at climbing trees. It also lives near human settlements such as rural areas.

Ecology

It is a nocturnal animal and rests in tree hollows and rock holes during the day. Except for the breeding season, they live alone and eat small animals such as rodents. They may also eat amphibians such as frogs, insects, and reptiles such as snakes and lizards. It is polygamous and breeds throughout the year. The average gestation period is 65 to 72 days, and 1 to 4 animals are born. It is said that the lifespan is about 4 years in the wild and about 13 years in captivity.

Endangered species

The number of inhabitants has decreased due to the destruction of lowland habitats due to resort development, agricultural land development and road improvement, traffic accidents, and predation by dogs. In addition to this, there is also the risk of plague and it is potentially extinct.

Coronavirus

Cats are generally at risk of coronavirus infection. Although there are actual cases of infection, a new type of Omicron was discovered in 2021, and this species may also be infected.

Breeding

You can purchase it at a pet shop for 90,000 to 600,000 yen. With a gentle personality, it is infinitely suitable for pets. Prepare a cat tower and a playable cat step. I like exercise very much and play a lot. Toilet and food are mandatory. Cat food, which uses meat and fish as its main ingredients, is the best choice for Bengal. Jaguar cat food, simply cat food, kanagan cat food, etc. are recommended. Grains are less needed for cats, which are carnivores. Also, in the case of cats, there is a possibility of feline AIDS, so be sure to check it carefully.

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