Here’s an Otocolobus manul — nature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.
O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.
You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!
He watched her, the way she kept her head ducked down to hide as she tried so hard to move quietly around the room. Now and then he’d catch a glimpse of her eyes her giggle. She carefully made her way behind his chair. He played along of course, gasping in surprise as she pounced, falling in a pile of giggles into his lap.