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This photo is taken at the Olmense Zoo (Olmen, Belgium).
Don’t you just love their cute look (claws and teeth not included) (:
first place in challenge big cats asleep 2010

A quick bio on these beautifull creatures:

class: Mammalia (mammals)
order: Carnivora (carnivores)
family: felidae (felines)
genus: puma

They go under the names Puma, Panther, Mountain Lion, American Lion and Cougar etc…. The cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names, presumably due to its wide distribution across North and South America. It has over 40 names in English alone!!!

Being the largest of the small cats, they are slender and agile cats.
And although they resemble the domestic cat, they are about the same size as an adult human, with a maximum of about 3 metres!!

An adult paw print is approximately 10 cm… that’s 4 inches!

The gray wolf and the cougar compete more directly for prey, especially during the winter. While individually more powerful than the gray wolf, a solitary cougar may be dominated by the pack structure of the wolves.
Wolves can steal killings of the cougar and occasionally kill the cougar as well.

Cougars (as well as other cat-likes) deserve respect and admiration from all humans! They may look like domestic cats, but are none the less wild animals living on survival instincts only!

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zoo, lion, rest, feline, nederlands, killer, prey, predator, kitty, panther, dutch, respect, cougar, puma, ftlocc2, cat, sleep, belgium, roof, wildlife

Comments

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow! This is great An!! What a beautiful capture..gorgeous creature! Well done! xoxoxo

  • thanks Shannon! :-)
    yes, aren’t they just great!!! I really love big cats and these are just so cute kitty like… If I didn’t know better I would walk up to him (or her) and give him a kitty-scratch behind his ears… so cute..
    This one was enjoying the afternoon-sun on his nose and taking a kitty nap :-)

    – Glitter

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.almost 6 years ago

    LOL … oh wow what a huge and cute fella!!!

  • Thanks Poupoune!
    they sure look cute, but I don’t want to upset him, ‘cause one punch with his paw and I’d be KO in a second..
    But they sure look cute… would want to cuddle him but don’t think I’d survive it… :)

    – Glitter

  • Wildwings
    Wildwingsalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Deceivingly adorable !This goes immediately into my collection of favorites. Wonderful work. I hope that you enjoy my portfolio as much as I enjoyed yours.

  • thanks so much!
    and thanks for those lovely words about my work!
    I’ll will most certainly enjoy your portfolio as well !

    – Glitter

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 6 years ago

    Great capture!!! He looks very cozy up there!

  • haha… yes, I would snuggle up close to him, but I think that would be a bad idea…
    thanks Julie! :-)

    – Glitter

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 6 years ago

    lol – very bad idea!!!! ;-)

  • MDomaille
    MDomaillealmost 6 years ago

    I absolutely love this photo! Instant favorite! Great shot!

  • thanks so much!
    it’s very adorable huh!! :-D

    – Glitter

  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture. The look is priceless.

  • thanks very much Carol !
    yeah, I thought he looked very sweet resting like this :)
    they are so much alike with common housecats when you see them like this :)

    – Glitter

  • clarkey
    clarkeyalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you for the info on the Cougar, it’s very interesting.

    I love this photo, the cougar’s pose is just so “cat” – taking in the sun whereever it’s available. Stretched out on the roof like that makes him seem quite “domestic”. Beautiful lighting, lovely shot.

  • thanks so much Clarkey!! :)
    I really adore their cat-like behaviour! they are such strong creatures and yet they seem so domestic with this kind of behaviour :)

    – Glitter

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaalmost 6 years ago

    What a cat! A big one, but a cat, dozing in the sun, on the highest place it can get to. This is one of my all-time fav cat pics!

  • thank you so much Dayonda!!
    Ain’t it fab to see such a powerful creature in such a kitty cat position.. :-D

    – Glitter

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture of this beautiful animal!

  • Thank you very much Gene!
    much appreciated! :-)

    – Glitter

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