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The Borneo bay cat (Catopuma badia) is one of the rarest and least-studied cats in the world with fewer than 25 individuals having ever been recorded. The Borneo bay cat has an unusual appearance for a wild cat, being only around the size of a large house cat, but with a relatively long body and tail and short, rounded ears low on the sides of the head. The Borneo bay cat occurs in two color types, grey-black or red-brown, although the red-brown form seems to be more common. The coloration of this species is relatively uniform across its back and flanks, but is usually paler on the underparts, with the belly being golden-brown and the underside of the chin being white. Two faint brown stripes can be seen on the Borneo bay cat’s cheeks, while the back, belly and limbs may be covered with pale black specks and spots. Interestingly, the hair on the nape, sides of the crown, cheek and front of the throat grows forwards rather than backwards in the Borneo bay cat. The Borneo bay cat has very particular facial markings, including pale brown patches at the sides of the mouth and pale marks at the inside edge of the upper eyelids. This species has a dark brown ‘M’ shaped marking on the back of its head, and the top of the head is dark greyish-brown. The ears of the Borneo bay cat are black-brown on the outside, but paler on the inside, and the distinctive long tail becomes narrower at the tip and has a white stripe on the underside, running from about halfway down to the tail tip. Only one weight measurement has ever been taken of a Borneo bay cat, and this was of a very thin female which had been captive for a long period of time, with scientists estimating that a healthy adult would weigh more.

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