Monday, February 25, 2013
It wasn't pleased to see me
It was only last week -- we were driving back to camp through the western hills of Burma when I spotted a kid on the road carrying a big cat.
It didn't look exactly like a house cat, so I asked the driver to stop -- "Yeppa, yeppa" and jumped out with my camera.
The boy was clutching a jungle cat (Felis chaus), one of Asia's most widespread small cats (Egypt to SE Asia and SW China).
It wasn't pleased to see me and meowed constantly, but it didn't attempt to escape.
Normally I would have asked more questions, but I was part of a group, and the group had a busy agenda.
My guess is that the cat's mother was caught for the pot, and the boy raised the kitten.
Only a hand-reared jungle cat would be so tame.