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Jaguarundi


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Raffi
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The jaguarundi is native to Central America and the northern and central countries of South America down to Argentina - it is also rarely sighted in parts of Texas and New Mexico in the southern United States. A number of jaguarundi are also to be



   

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Raffi L (301)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 4:07 pm
Here's the story:

The jaguarundi is native to Central America and the northern and central countries of South America down to Argentina - it is also rarely sighted in parts of Texas and New Mexico in the southern United States. A number of jaguarundi are also to be found in Florida, although these are descendants of a small population introduced to the area in the 1940’s.

In appearance the jaguarundi is unlike any other cat and has been likened to a large weasel or otter, hence its english common name of ‘Otter Cat’. It is uniform in colour, ranging from dark grey/brown to an almost chestnut brown. In common with other species of wild cat, the darker forms are usually associated with dense forest cover and the paler forms with more arid habitats.

The body of the jaguarundi is long and low supported by short legs, measuring up to some 30 inches with an additional tail of about 20 inches. The head is small in proportion to its body size and sports short weasel like ears and narrow brown eyes. The jaguarundi is spotted at birth but these are lost at around three-four months old. Genetically, of all the wild cat species to be found in South America, the jaguarundi can perhaps be more closely associated with the larger felids. It has a chromosome count of 38, as do both the puma and jaguar, where as the remaining small felids in South America have only 36. There is some evidence to suggest that the jaguarundi is perhaps a descendant of the ancestral puma which is believed to have emigrated from Asia via the Bering Land bridge.

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Dee C (23)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 5:11 pm
Thanks Raffi..
Noted..
 

Elm Morrison (357)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 6:07 pm
Raffi, your passion for the 'big' cats are so evident. Even their little relatives, the jaguarundi.
God bless you for caring my friend.
 

sue M (184)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 6:57 pm
I love that first top pic on the site, very beautiful creature. Thanks Raffi They need to be protected.
 

Joycey B (750)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 7:25 pm
Noted with thanks Raffi.
 

Pat B (356)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 8:03 pm
WOW, he/she is beautiful. (wish good faith on a LONG LIFE, Kitty!) TY, Raffi. Noted
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday June 12, 2009, 1:32 am
It really does look like an otter and it is a beautiful animal. Thanks Raffi
 

Cynthia Sopel (62)
Friday June 12, 2009, 8:19 pm
I've never heard of these beautiful cats before. They need to be protected!
 

Raffi L (301)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 1:25 am
I thank you so much for your comments, everyone. The Jaguarundi is a very unique creature. They were brought over from South America in the 40's and there is a colony of them in Florida. When I was a kid there was one at a house nearby. They are easily tamed and were, at one time. very popular as pets. They are, believe it or not, related to the old world cheetahs and the panther. They are very elusive. Sightings of them are few and far between in Florida.
 

Corinna Fuerstenberg (45)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 8:42 am
THEY R VERY BEAUTIFUL!!
 

Raffi L (301)
Monday August 10, 2009, 6:38 pm
Thank you Corinna-and they love mangoes and other fruit. They are rare to be sure-I had a cat years ago tht I found as a kitten near the Everglades and that we tested for DNA as it was very unusual in size and behavior and it turned out to be half Jaguarundi. He was the light of my life! I lost him ten years ago and mourn him still.
 
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