Pallas cat The Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul), or manul, is hands down my favorite wild felid. It’s about the size of a domestic cat but much stockier, is fluffy with a thick tail, has short ears, and is unbearably cute. Native to Mongolia.
This photo taken on June 23, 2012 shows a camel resting outside of a Gobi desert 'ger', a local hut-style accomodation, in southern Mongolia. The climate of the Gobi, Asia's largest desert, is one of extreme temperatures, reaching minus 40°C in winter to 50°C plus in summer. AFP PHOTO / Mark RALSTON