I really wanted to see a jungle cat in India. Just a bit larger than a domestic cat, mostly tan but with black on the tail, these small cats are hard to find if you want to look for them. They are no threat to deer so you don' t have deer and monkey alarm calls to track jungle cats as they move. The brush, grass and forest are thick, so you just have to hope you run into one somewhere. I had a fleeting glimpse of a jungle cat in Velavadar - or rather, my guide did - but I never really saw it and I was hoping on every game drive we might run into one.
Finally my last game drive in Bandhavgarh, we caught a glimpse of a jungle cat. Unfortunately, it went into the bush before I got a look at anything other than the back end. We decided to sit and wait awhile in hopes it would re-emerge. Many jeeps stopped asking if we'd found a tiger - and once they learned there was no tiger there they all moved on, as usual, since tiger is the only thing the majority of people in this park seem interested in seeing. After nearly an hour the ranger with us suggested we go look for tigers also. I said no - I've seen tigers, including on this route this morning (the mom and cubs of last post) so I knew odds were not good of seeing them again - every jeep was still looking.
The jungle cat finally came out, sitting at first under a tree not too far away from our jeep.