It isn't a leopard cub. It isn't even the smaller leopard cat. It's the rusty-spotted cat — a species of wildcat that takes first place for the smallest feline in the world. This tiny cat species roams all across India and Sri Lanka, sharing its homeland with much bigger cats like tigers and leopards. Although these have always been considered rare cats — and they are reportedly less than 10,000 alive worldwide — scientists and conservationists believe the rusty-spotted cats may finally be making a slow comeback. One was recently even born in captivity at the Berlin Zoo — its first rusty-spotted cat birth in 168 years.
The adorable rusty-spotted cat look like a wild kitten, but these fully-grown felines pack just as much character and power into their tiny bodies as the big cats do. Read on to discover interesting facts about these charming cats, but be careful — they've been known to steal a heart or two.
They Are The Smallest Cats In The World
These Little Cats Are Very Tricky To Breed
They Are Native To India And Sri Lanka
They Are Much Easier To Tame Than Other Wild Cats
They Aren't Afraid To Take On Animals Much Bigger Than Themselves
They Are Listed As Near-Threatened On The IUCN Red List