Those little legs 😍
There are rare cats that live on Mount Everest, according to a recent discovery made by a field team of scientists.
Cats belonging to the Pallas, also referred to as manuls, managed to evade detection until 2019. Somewhere along the Southern Flank of Mount Everest, there are at least two of them live. For scientists and environmentalists around the world, the discovery is incredibly important, and it’s also incredibly adorable for everyone else.
With a few cute variations, Pallas’s cats are roughly the same size as typical house cats. They resemble fat little stuffed animals because of their short legs and thick, fluffy fur. Since they are primarily covered in fur, which insulates them from the cold, they are actually smaller and lighter than they appear. It makes sense that they would choose a place like Mount Everest to live since they are adept at scaling rocky crevices and cliff faces. The mere sight of these wild animals can bring out a great deal of happiness, but they are dangerous and cannot be kept as pets.
Their wide faces and big ears make them look like cartoon characters, just hopping around Mount Everest, minding their business.
In an article for Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Tracie Seimon of the organization’s Zoological Health Program said, “It is phenomenal to discover proof of this rare and remarkable species at the top of the world.”
Future research will help determine exactly how many Pallas’s cats are living on Mount Everest, and will help protect them so they can continue to live their best lives.