October 22, 2013

Betty White Goes Wild Facts

  • Lions are the most sociable of the big cats.

  • Lions love a cat nap. They sleep up to 20 hours a day.

  • Cats are six times better at seeing in the dark than we are.

  • Big cats can roar; small cats can’t. A big cat has a specialized larynx and flexible hyoid bone in its throat that allows it to roar.

  • From the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail, a jaguar can measure up to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 250 pounds.

  • Relative to their size, jaguars have the most powerful bite of the big cats.

  • The jaguar can often be confused with the leopard, because of their appearance. The giveaway is in their coat. If you look at a jaguar’s pattern they have circles called rosettes that have dots in the centre of them. Whereas a leopard has rosettes with nothing in the center.

  • The name Jaguar comes from South America word ‘Yagura’ and it means ‘kills in one leap.’

  • Mountain lions are solitary and elusive so it’s almost impossible to count them, but it’s thought that there are between 24,000 and 36,000 adults in the United States.

  • The cheetah is the fastest land mammal on the planet.

  • Statistically, it’s more likely that you’ll be killed by an accident in the bath or being hit by lightning than being attacked by a mountain lion.

  • Cheetahs can accelerate as quickly as a V10 Dodge Viper sports car.

  • Clouded leopards have ankles which can rotate backwards to let them climb down from trees head-first.

  • In the wild, tigers will happily munch on rotting meat, making it last for three to six days.

  • If you were able to shave a tiger you’d see that its skin would be striped as well. The tiger is the only cat whose skin is patterned like their fur.

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