BANGKOK, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Jungle cats have been seen in northern Thailand four decades after they were considered extinct in the country, local media reported on Thursday.
According to Daily News, pictures of jungle cats in the wild Chiang Mai forest were taken by an unmanned camera belonging to a wildlife photographer.
It's said that he run a camera continually for over a month in the wildlife sanctuary and then images of the curious creature were captured.
Photos of the creature, known as "rabbit tiger" in Thai, have astonished the country, where jungle cats were last seen in 1976.
Officials said there are no serious studies about jungle cats in Thailand as the animal has been thought to die out. They said concerned department will start a study of the population of jungle cats there.
Jungle cats are large, long-legged cats native to the Middle East and South Asia. They have sharp ears that look like those of rabbit.
The population of the cats is declining. Habitat loss such as destruction of wetland, dam construction and illegal hunting becomes major threat to the existence of the animal.