- 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.
October 22, 2013
Betty White Goes Wild Facts