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The Pogeyan is a purported grey big cat allegedly living in the Western Ghats, India. It was mentioned by photographer Sandesh Kadur, and is known to locals.[1][2]


The name "Pogeyan" is derived from the language of the locals[clarification needed]. It means "The cat that comes and goes like the mist."[1]

Habitat and description[edit]

During broad daylight, Kadur reportedly saw the feline in the high-altitude grasslands around Anamudi, the highest point in the Western Ghats.[1][3] He described it as being big, with a long tail and rounded ears. Its uniform colour was darkish grey.[1]

Of the known cats, the Pogeyan is most likely to be an Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca).[4] This is as it was described as being similar to the leopard in size and shape, the leopard is known to exist in the Western Ghats, and the furs of some leopards may differ from their main appearance of being yellow with rosettes. For example, melanistic panthers have fur that is dark, and the spots would be difficult to view, if there are any.[1][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Naish, D. "The Pogeyan, a new mystery cat". ScienceBlogs.com. Retrieved 2009-01-19.
  2. ^ "BBC Wildlife Magazine, Volume 27, Issues 1-6". BBC Wildlife Magazine. Vol. 27. 2009.
  3. ^ "Anamudi – Kerala". Vedanta Wake up!. Retrieved 2014-11-26.
  4. ^ Stein, A.B.; Athreya, V.; Gerngross, P.; Balme, G.; Henschel, P.; Karanth, U.; Miquelle, D.; Rostro, S.; Kamler, J.F.; Laguardia, A. (2016). "Panthera pardus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  5. ^ Searle, A. G. (1968). Comparative Genetics of Coat Colour in Mammals. Logos Press, London.