Watch: Rare Sundaland Clouded Leopard on Film for First Time


The Sundaland clouded leopard of Borneo has been caught on video for the first time, AFP reports:

"The leopard, a healthy-looking animal a metre long (3 feet) and weighing about 40 kilos (90 pounds) was caught on video at night at the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysian Borneo's Sabah state. The Sundaland clouded leopard was classified as a new species through genetic studies several years ago and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature designated it as endangered in 2008."

Said Azlan Mohamed, a field scientist with University Sabah Malaysia: 'What surprised us was that while clouded leopards are very elusive cats, this one was not scared at all. Despite our powerful spot lights and the roar of our vehicle's engine, it walked around our vehicle calmly. It is rare to see the big cat in the wild. These cats are usually shy of humans, it was by chance we caught it on video."


Posted February 15, 2010 at 7:49pm ETC by Andy Towle
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