Fun Facts About Wild Cats

Cheetahs can’t roar. They can only meow because of the absence of the hyoid bone in their neck.

The black panther is not a species but a melanistic (opposite to albinistic) jaguar or leopard.

The Bornean Bay Cat is one of the rarest wild cats in the world. Only 12 specimens have been studied between the years of 1874 and 2002, and the species was never caught on film until 2009.

A jaguar’s primary killing canine teeth have nerves that help find the perfect point to clamp down to maximize killing effectiveness.

The Jaguar is, in fact, native to North American and there is still a population of these cats living in southern Arizona and New Mexico.

If the last of Iberian lynx population died out, it would be the first feline species to become extinct since prehistoric times.

The cougar, mountain lion, puma, panther, and catamount are all actually the same cat, the Puma concolor.

The Pallas cat looks super-expressive because its face is short and its pupils are round like ours.

Cheetah's average stride when it is running at full speed is around 22 feet in length.

The cougar holds the Guinness record for the animal with the highest number of names, with over 40 in English alone.

All captive white tigers can be traced to a single tiger origin. Every white tiger since has been inbred again and again causing major deformities at birth. They are also not a subspecies, thus not endangered, and only kept around to bring in more money.

The sand cat can survive in temperatures ranging from −5 °C (23 °F) to 52 °C (126 °F) and although they will drink when water is available, they are able to survive for months on the water in their food.

Asiatic lions still inhabit India's Gujarat state, making them the only lions to naturally live outside of Africa.

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

A tiger's tongue is so course, it can lick flesh down to the bone.

Ligers continue growing throughout their entire lives due to a genetic disorder called growth dysplasia. They grow twice the size of their parents (mother is a tiger and father is a Lion). The largest cat in the world is a 922lb Liger.

There is a sub species of tigers with dark blue fur named Maltese Tiger, but they're now practically extinct.

The Clouded Leopard has the largest canine teeth-to-body ratio of any cat, and is referred to as "the modern saber-tooth."

Sometimes female lions can develop manes. Such masculine females likely occur when the embryo is disrupted, either at conception or while in the womb.

A toothless geriatric lion named Frasier successfully sired 35 cubs after lionesses turned down countless healthy males before him.

When the Champawat Tigress, a Bengal tiger responsible for the deaths of over 436 people was killed, it was discovered that its canine teeth were broken. This had prevented it from hunting its natural prey.

In some areas, leopards commonly hunt dogs. They will even carry off dogs much larger than them, such as the Tibetan Mastiff and Newfoundland, that is used to protect from them. Iron collars are sometimes used to protect the dog's necks so they have a chance of surviving the initial attack.

Jackie the lion, one of the mascots for MGM, not only survived two train wrecks, an earthquake, a boat sinking, and an explosion at the studio, but also a plane crash that left him stranded in the Arizona wilderness for days.

Lynx cats became extinct in Britain approximately 1,300 years ago and there are serious plans now to re-introduce them into the wild.

Tigers can seek revenge when they have been wronged and are very vengeful.

The Amazonian Margay wildcat has the uncanny ability to mimic the distress call of a baby monkey to lure adult monkeys to its doom.

For every lion cub that lives to be one year old, its parents have mated nearly 3,000 times.

Siberian tigers are reported to be the most patient and punishing predators.

Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears.

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