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Rare Manul cat caught in the suburb of Astana

April 22 2014, 14:49

A rare mammal named Manul cat has been caught in the suburb of Astana. That animal is the ancestor of all cats, inform.kz reports. 

Alisher Kudaibergenov lives on the outskirts of Astana near the plantations. His dog of Alabai breed started barking, Alisher came up to the dog and saw a big animal looked like a cat. The man managed to catch the mammal.  Neighbors came to the man's house to look at the rare cat. The predator was weighed and plied with meat.

Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul), also called the manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. They inhabit Mongolia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan,Kazakhstan, Kashmir, and occur across much of western China. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002. Manul cat is about the size of a domestic cat, its body is 46 to 65 cm long and its tail is 21 to 31 cm long. It weighs 2.5 to 4.5 kg (the caught animal weighed 6 kg).

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