Successful artificial breeding of Pallas’s cat is a first for species in Qinghai, northwest China

An artificially bred female Pallas cat at a zoo in Xining city, northwest China’s Qinghai province, named “Sun Daniang”, turned 14 months on July 7, with the newborn kitten being the first successful case of artificial breeding for the species in the country.

The photo shows “Sun Daniang”, an artificially bred newborn Pallas cat. (Photo courtesy of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo)

Sun Daniang was bred by the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo, the only zoo in China that houses and exhibits Pallas’ cats.

Pallas’s newborn cat, which currently weighs 3.4 kilograms, is fed daily with fresh mutton or pork and is in good health. In addition to caring for the kitten, the zoo is also home to four other captive Pallas cats.

The artificial breading of Pallas’s cats has been an enigma in the world. As an ancient feline, Pallas’ cat has an imperfect immune system. Toxoplasmosis, which is not very harmful for other felines, causes a very high mortality rate in newborn kittens of the Pallas cat species.

The photo shows “Sun Daniang”, an artificially bred newborn Pallas cat. (Photo courtesy of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo)

The survival of the artificially bred newborn Pallas’s cat was a fundamental achievement for the artificial breeding of the species with other small felines, including the Chinese Desert Cats, which reside in China.

The photo shows “Sun Daniang”, an artificially bred newborn Pallas cat, during a physical examination. (Photo courtesy of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo)

The photo shows “Sun Daniang”, an artificially bred newborn Pallas cat. (Photo courtesy of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Wildlife Zoo)

(Web editor: Hongyu, Liang Jun)