Asian golden cat filmed 2011
When Sahil Nijhawan and his colleagues placed cameras across the Dibang Valley in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in and , they hoped to learn about the many different species of wild animals that live there. What they found among the downloaded images was a bit more unexpected. The cameras, placed throughout protected forests as well as community forests governed by the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley, captured what appeared at first to be several different types of similar-sized cats. The team was confused in particular by two kinds of cats in their photos: one that was spotted, also referred to as ocelot, and one with tightly rosetted patterns on its coat. In the end, they concluded that many of the different-looking mid-sized cats in the images were, in fact, all from the same species: the Asiatic golden cat Catopuma temminckii.