I’ve been sent this photo of the magnificent Pallas cat, native of the Tibetan plateau and Central Asia.
Weighing between 4.5 and 10 kg these beautiful creatures are roughly the size of a domestic cat but look much larger because of their stocky build and thick long fur. They are close to being listed as endangered because they hunted for their fur and their body parts are sought after for traditional medicines. Fortunately the Russian authorities have made this illegal and seek to protect them from shrinking habitat and the poison intended for vermin.
Believed to be the oldest living member of the cat family they evolved over 10 million years ago and some experts think that since they have long hair, a stocky build, small ears and a flattened face , they may be the ancestors of today’s Persian cats.
I don’t think this can be true as we are not as wild and untameable as the Pallas. We Persians like living in comfort with our slaves to tend us. I don’t think the savage cat in the picture would have much patience with slavekind, in fact I’m sure he would steer well clear of them.
This Youtube video is more to a Persian’s taste: What a good slave……..