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What Cat's do best.

By SteveMoulding    
What Cat's do best, even big cats.
This beautiful cat is a rare beauty seldom seen in the wild, a Jaguar.

The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a big cat, a feline in the Panthera genus, and is the only Panthera species found in the Americas. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar's present range extends from Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tucson), the cat has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 1900s.

This spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build and its behavioural and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. While dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, the jaguar will range across a variety of forested and open terrain. It is strongly associated with the presence of water and is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming. The jaguar is a largely solitary, stalk-and-ambush predator, and is opportunistic in prey selection. It is also an apex and keystone predator, playing an important role in stabilizing ecosystems and regulating the populations of prey species. The jaguar has an exceptionally powerful bite, even relative to the other big cats. This allows it to pierce the shells of armoured reptiles and to employ an unusual killing method: it bites directly through the skull of prey between the ears to deliver a fatal bite to the brain.

The jaguar is a near threatened species and its numbers are declining. Threats include habitat loss and fragmentation. While international trade in jaguars or their parts is prohibited, the cat is still regularly killed by humans, particularly in conflicts with ranchers and farmers in South America. Although reduced, its range remains large; given its historical distribution, the jaguar has featured prominently in the mythology of numerous indigenous American cultures, including that of the Maya and Aztec.

I hope you like him, I think he is stunning but then I love cats. I don't think I've done him justice at all but he wasn't exactly active.

I hope you all had a great Easter, unfortunately I had to work but someone has to and that is why I only had time to click the last few days. I hope you will forgive me if I missed you out and for the lack of comments.

Best wishes,

Tags: Cat Jaguar Big cat Tenerife Endangered Pets and captive animals Panther Wildlife and nature Lora park

Voters: rontear, andylea, sparrowhawk and 72 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 12:06PM
two cracking detailed captures steve wonderful colour v1 takes it by a whisker nice one Wink

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sparrowhawk Plus
11 277 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 12:16PM
stunning shots but v2 gets my vote as he/she is looking at you
Vince_S 10 10 England
6 Apr 2010 12:32PM
Two excellent shots. V2 for me because of the eye contact.
Canadiann 10 2 Canada
6 Apr 2010 12:35PM
2 really excellent shots of a wonderful creature. Feel like your looking through the t.v. screen, wonderfully done and presented.
hary60 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 1:08PM
Two great shots Steve very well done
6 Apr 2010 1:11PM
two very good shots, very particular to big cat shots.. very impressed...
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
6 Apr 2010 1:17PM
Two stunning captures, Patti
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
6 Apr 2010 1:22PM
Reckon you did full justice to this handsome big cat. Love both images, each so different.

gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 1:24PM
Two wonderful captures.
10 10 10 England
6 Apr 2010 1:52PM
Tw great shots.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 2:08PM
Two great shots, V1 for what you have as the title. What cat's do best!! Steve that is a fantastic write up you have given us.
wonderful shots
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
6 Apr 2010 2:14PM
Like them both, but prefer seeing the eyes in v2.
Bob_V 12 1 2 United States
6 Apr 2010 2:51PM
Two lovely captures of this beautiful cat.
shandoor 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 3:27PM
Two lovely images of this Jaguar
maggieh 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 5:03PM
2 great images of this powerful big cat. I think the eyes in V2 swing it for me.
janty66 12 3 England
6 Apr 2010 5:27PM
2 wonderful shots..
6 Apr 2010 5:44PM
Two excellent shots, Stephen. Superb...
Regards, Evgenya
PeelNStick 15 4 United States
6 Apr 2010 6:02PM
Great moment.
Ray42 11 3 England
6 Apr 2010 6:38PM
Excellent shots and write up
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 6:48PM
Both shots spot on Steve.
iancatch 13 4 45 England
6 Apr 2010 7:29PM
Two great shots worthy of individual uploads and hope you like the mods.

Roly 12 Wales
6 Apr 2010 8:05PM
Two super shots.V1 for me.
Gezina 13 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 8:46PM
I love big cats and this is noe exception two good shots Ina
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
6 Apr 2010 9:03PM
Version 2 for me.

harrattp 13 11 4 England
6 Apr 2010 9:58PM
I assume these were taken in a zoo, it is so sad to think these beautiful cats are kept locked up. Pity we don't like to do this to criminals!

Two good images, particularly like the eyes on V2.

Suehh 12 39 6 England
6 Apr 2010 11:04PM
Two really great shots.

goso 13 2 1 Australia
7 Apr 2010 12:14AM
Two gooduns Steve, but vers.2 for me today...Bill
DanielD 9 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 12:43AM
Great picture set - very rare cat, indeed. Excellent composition for both. Good documentary presentation. Congrats

Thushari 10 1 Sri Lanka
7 Apr 2010 5:11AM
Two cracking shots. well taken Steve.
metro074 10 8 Australia
7 Apr 2010 5:44AM
Two beautiful images. superbly presented. Well done
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
7 Apr 2010 10:43AM
Good shots.

Nice shots! Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
12 610 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 1:27PM
What a stunning animal these are, really beautiful and two great shots
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
7 Apr 2010 3:01PM
2 great shots Steve, a very well written intro too,
7 Apr 2010 5:40PM

Quote:Two cracking detailed captures steve wonderful colour v1 takes it by a whisker nice one Wink

I agree great work.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
7 Apr 2010 6:42PM
Very useful narrative Steve to copliment these two great shots. I think my choice is for V2 but that is just a personal opinion.
gerrymac 12 10 1 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 7:51PM
Wow....gorgeous...beautiful beast
sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2010 9:37PM
Two superb images V1 is my favourite - Elizabeth
8 Apr 2010 8:30PM
Two lovely images Steve,well captured !!
PattiW 14 24 2 United States
8 Apr 2010 10:01PM
Two superb images, Patti
AshTree 10 1.7k 6 England
8 Apr 2010 10:19PM
Impossible to choose between these two shots, they're both so good.

9 Apr 2010 7:43AM
Nice work. Well done.
10 Apr 2010 3:45AM
Two wonderful images Steve - well done

Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2010 9:27AM
really lovely shots, there could be a caption to this pair

redshank 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 10:07PM
Two great images Steve.

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