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Rare jungle cat spotted in Bandipur forest

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Chamarajanagar: South India’s most popular Tiger Reserve Forest Bandipur is a rich habitat of big cats and also diversified wildlife. 

On the morning of January 11 tourists and wildlife enthusiasts who took Safari  witnessed the Jungle cat (Felis Chaus), a rare sighting that brought joy among them.
 
The jungle cat (Felis chaus), also called reed cat and swamp cat, is a medium-sized cat native to the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and southern China. It inhabits foremost wetlands like swamps, littoral and riparian areas with dense vegetation. It is listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List, and is mainly threatened by destruction of wetlands, trapping and poisoning
 
The jungle cat has a uniformly sandy, reddish-brown or grey fur without spots; melanistic and albino individuals are also known. It is solitary in nature, except during the mating season and mother-kitten families.
 
Adults maintain territories by urine spraying and scent marking. Its preferred prey is small mammals and birds. It hunts by stalking its prey, followed by a sprint or a leap; the ears help in pinpointing the location of prey.
 
– Team Mysoorunews

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