Rusty Spotted Cat with it's kitten

Have been lucky enough in the past to have seen the Rusty Spotted Cat, the smallest wildcat in the work. Most of the sightings have been at night. One was while climbing up a ridge in then the Makho, Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary, now zone 8 of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. I was then doing a survey and climbed up a ledge, a small cat was sitting at some dustance from me eating a bat. Startled by my appearance, it ran into a crevice. I that time had no camera, though I had an eye witness with me. Over the years I bought a camera but had no sighting in the day time. 

On my recent Tadoba Journey, during my last safari, we spent an easy morning. We drove on the roads less taken, away from the crowded places. It was then that we heard a Sambar Deer alarm call. It would have been an eventful safari if a big cat would have showed up as we were the only car in the vicinity. Soon the alarm calls died and so did our hope of the exclusive sighting. We then continued our drive. A little further from where we had heard the alarm calls, we spotted a small cat in a trench adjoining the road. We quickly had the car stopped, reversed and saw something we couldn't believe. A small cat with 2 kittens, staring right at us. We had exactly 40-45 seconds to pick up our cameras and click. I managed to click 6 frames. By this time our guide was yelling- Jungle Cat! I later showed him the images and a field guide to convinced him that it was a Rusty Spotted Cat. He had no clue that the small cats reside in Tadoba. With a smile he noted down the addition to his personal checklist of Tadoba fauna.

Well this does not mean we didn't see a big cat later. Sometime later we saw the famous Maya in Tadoba Zone.

Small: A4: 11.69 X 8.27 inches
Medium: A3: 16.53 X 11.69 inches
Large: 2 X 3 feet : 24 X 36 inches