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Why is the face of the Pallas' cat so expressive?

Photos of this feline's funny faces intrigue and amuse us, and there's a good reason for that.

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Pallas's cat, also called the manul, is a small wild cat of central Asia. The species is negatively affected by habitat degradation, prey base decline, and hunting, and has therefore been classified as Near Threatened by IUCN since 2002.

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Three of the five new Pallas’ cat kittens leave their nest box as a handler brings them food. Tuesday at the Red River Zoo in Fargo.

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Meet The Pallas Cat

Meet The Pallas Cat (chewbacca cat)

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Pallas's cat [Otocolobus manul] , also called the manul, is a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia. Pallas's cat is about the size of a domestic cat, its body is 18 to 26 in long plus its tail which is 8.3 to 12.2 in long.

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Pallas' cat (also known Manul) - The small, solitary wild cat inhabits uplands, hilly areas, steppes with rocky outcrops as well as semidesert areas throughout Asia and the Middle East. It resides on the cold grasslands of Mongolia and Inner Mongolia too. Pallas roams up to elevations of 4,000m but never regions of deep snow accumulation. Inclined toward aggressive natures. As kittens, they will growl before they can open their eyes. Status: Near Threatened (Photographer Jodea)

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Pallas Cat (Otocolobus manul) found in the Mountainous Regions of Iran, China and Russia

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ロシアの野生にはこんな猫がいるのか!「マヌルネコ」の変わった顔立ちが人気を呼ぶ

What an awesome wild cat – a baby Pallas’s cat. Such a beauty. Not much bigger than our domestic cats – this is now endangered and super rare.