Jungle Cat feeding on a Nilgai calf carcass, Velavadar

Rana & Sugandhi Belur

Rana & Sugandhi Belur

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The Jungle Cat is a fairly common small predator. It usually preys on small rodents, but also birds, fish, snakes, lizards and amphibians. If the situation demands, they will also scavenge if the meat is fresh.

We found this carcass of a Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) fawn in the Velavadar grasslands. We had seen three Indian wolves (Canis lupus pallipes) in the same area earlier. It was likely that they had killed the Nilgai. A couple of Jungle Crows and a Wild Boar had their share of the carcass a while ago, before this Jungle Cat (Felis chaus) came along to have a bite!

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Rana & Sugandhi Belur
Rana and Sugandhi are Bangalore-based nature and wildlife lovers, seeking to learn from nature.


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