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What can I say.. the wildcats have such fascinating faces and the eyes.. oh my… the eyes!!
The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), also known as the Painted Leopard, McKenney’s Wildcat or Manigordo (in Costa Rica), is a wild cat distributed over South and Central America and Mexico, but has been reported as far north as Texas and in Trinidad, in the Caribbean. It can be up to 100 cm (3’2") in length, plus 45 cm (1’6") tail length, and weighs 10–15 kg (about 20–33 pounds), making it the largest of the generally dainty Leopardus wild cat genus. While similar in appearance to the Oncilla and the Margay, which inhabit the same region, the Ocelot is larger.
The Ocelot’s appearance is similar to that of the domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a Jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Ocelots have been killed for their fur. The feline was classified a “vulnerable” endangered species from the 1980s until 1996, but is now generally considered “least concern” by the 2006 IUCN Red List. (info from Wikipedia)