Pencil drawing of a rusty-spotted cat at strolling at nighttime by Aparna K.
Camera trap image of rusty-spotted cat captured at Bhadravathi Reserved Forest by Sanjay Gubbi / NCF
Camera traps employ a passive infrared sensor to detect when an animal passes in front of the camera. Sometimes the sway of a tree or a moth fluttering in front of the camera can also trigger the sensor! This means we often end up with lots of other unusable images as well.
Rusty-spotted cats are largely found in the Indian subcontinent. It has an average body weight of 1.8 kilogram which is half the size of an average adult domestic cat and is around 45 centimetres long with an equally long fluffy tail trailing.
Owing to its cryptic (shy) nature not much is known about the ecology and behaviour of rusty-spotted cats in the wild.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international organisation that monitors the population trends of wildlife, places the species as Near Threatened, which means that this species could possibly be threatened with extinction in the near future.