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)
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!