Zoological Society of London and Imperial College London doctoral researcher Oliver Wearn and Dr. Robert Ewers from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London reported photographing the bay cat (Pardofelis badia) in Borneo in the Nov. 4, 2013, issue of the journal Public Library of Science.
The bay cat has only been seen a few times and was only photographed or the first time in 2003.
The bay cat along with the Sunda clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi), leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps) and marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata) are considered to be some of the rarest and most endangered felines on Earth.
This expedition used randomly placed camera traps to capture the bay cat in a rain forest that had been heavily logged and was not expected to allow the species or any of the species to thrive. Unexpected numbers of bay cat and all other native Borneo felines were recorded.
The unprecedented number of stills and videos offer evidence that the rare feline species of Borneo have been able to survive and even thrive in the increasingly scarce territory caused by man’s need for timber and land to live on.
Most of the Borneo felines have only been photographed once or twice before and were not known to definitely be alive until now.