Near-threatened manul cats are wild species that live in the grasslands and montane steppes of Central Asia. They are commonly known as Pallas’ cats, named after the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the cat in 1776. Pallas’ cats are distinguished by having round pupils, shirt legs and a flat-looking face with wide-set ears that can create some of the funniest expressions in the cat world.
Their high-elevation habitat of 5,000 m (more than 16,000 ft) results in a weakened immune system due to lack of exposure to viral infections. Because of this, they can’t survive in captivity.
When you look at these photos , the cats look like an interesting pet with the expressive face, but heir high mortality rate at low altitudes restricts them primarily to professional zoos.