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Sleeping Beauty...

This is not my cat Ozzy...(grin)...Its one of my favourites at the zoo.

The beautiful Manul...


The Pallas Cat or Manul is a small wild cat of Central Asia. It is 60 cm long, not including its 25 cm tail. Its fur is ochre in color with vertical bars, which are sometimes not visible due to the thick fur.


This cat has several features that distinguish it from other felines. Its legs are short, the rump is rather bulky, and the fur is long and thick. The combination of its stout posture and its thick fur makes it appear especially buxom and plushy. The fur changes between the seasons: the winter coat is greyer and less patterned. Its ears are set low and give the cat a somewhat owl-like appearance. Because of its relatively flat face, it was once thought that it was the ancestor of the Persian cat breed.




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Taken on November 12, 2006