Visitors of the Moscow zoo will be able to see the new Pallas cat named Timothy, who settled on the old site. This was reported on Monday on the official website of the mayor of the capital.

"In the exposition of the Moscow zoo there is a manul. His name is Timothy. To see one of the rarest and most secretive felines in a cage on the old site, near the home of pandas. Manul or Pallas cat (the second name he received in honor of the German scientist Peter Pallas who first described it), is listed in the International Red book in the category of "species close to extinction". He is the symbol and mascot of the capital’s zoo for over 30 years", – stated in the message.

The Pallas cat has already been presented in the exhibition the capital’s zoo, however, at the beginning of this year, the beast died from progress of an incurable disease. The main population of Pallas ‘ cats – before moving Timothy it consisted of six individuals – live in the Centre of reproduction of rare species zoo near Volokolamsk. Here the zoologists animals provided the conditions close to natural, so’ula feel safe and regularly bring offspring.

As noted by the General Director of the zoo Svetlana Akulova, words which are contained in the material, and Timothy, seven years. He tolerated the road from the Center of reproduction. While the animal behaves timidly and most of the time in the closed part of the cage, watching from afar visitors. However, he had already begun to settle into their new home and to explore the world around him.

"For the arrival of a new occupant in the cage replaced the soil and wooden shelves – the Pallas ‘ cats love to hide here away from prying eyes. When the Pallas cat will be interested in the visitors, he will be able to climb to the observation post is a small upstairs area of the enclosure" is added to the material.

First’ula appeared in the collection of the zoo in 1949, and since 1975 the Metropolitan zoo – one of the first in the world managed to achieve a regular appearance of the offspring of these rare animals. Ever since was born almost 150 kittens. Now many of Moscow’s Pallas ‘ cats live in zoos in the USA, Europe and Asia. Metropolitan zoo is a leader among zoos in the world by number of born cubs of Pallas ‘ cats. TRANS-Baikal and salvation in nature they live in Eastern Siberia, Mongolia, the foothills of the Himalayas and Kyrgyzstan.