Which Big Cat is Which?

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We just received an order of "Zoo Animal" Head Covers.

While Creating the listings I initially had a little bit of trouble sorting out Which Big Cat is Which?

After getting interested (and very distracted) reading all about the Big Cats of the World I found out a couple of Facts I would like to share:


Cougar/Puma


The Cougar (also known as: Puma, Panther, Mountain Lion, Catamount) is the largest of the small cats with adults reaching from 120 up to, very rarely, 200 pounds. Because of the many similarities to the smaller cats, pumas are placed in the subfamily Felinae, while the "Big Cats" are classified within the subfamily Pantherinae.


Leopard


The leopard is the smallest member of the 4 "great cats" and most closely resembles its cousin the Jaguar. Its body is comparatively long for a cat and its legs are short. One of many spotted cats, a leopard may be mistaken for a cheetah or a jaguar. The leopard has rosettes rather than cheetah's simple spots, but they lack internal spots, unlike the jaguar. The leopard is larger and less lanky than the cheetah but smaller than the jaguar.


Cheetah


The Cheetah is the fastest land animal reaching speeds of 45 - 70 mph. Cheetahs have also been known to swim, although they do not like to. The Cheetah is not one of the Great Cats, because it can not roar. The Cheetah is a tall and elegant cat in appearance. Large chest, narrow waist, long thin legs, and a slim well muscled build this animal was definitely made for speed. The Cheetahs long thick tail has spots, which turn into rings and at the end is tipped with white. The most well known characteristic is however the distinct black "tear mark", which runs from the inside corner of the eye down to the corner of the mouth.


Black Panther


The black panther is the common name for a black (melanistic) color variant of most commonly a leopard or jaguar. Close examination of one of these black cats will show that the typical markings are still there but are hidden by the excess black pigment melanin. In those species that hunt mainly at night, the condition is not detrimental.


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