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A new BBC programme has revealed the little known world of the smallest cat on the planet, in footage captured while filming a documentary about its much larger relatives.

The rusty spotted cat, which weighs just over one kilogram and could fit in the palm of your hand when it is fully grown, and features in Big Cats - a new series celebrating all the different species of felines around the world.

The extremely rare minature cat is found only in the forests of Sri Lanka and India and is 200 times lighter than a lion - but is equally predatory when it comes to the search for food.

Although it looks very similar to a family pet, this one is different from domestic moggies and 'what it lacks in size it makes up for in daring', as it doesn't mind getting a little wet. 

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