Small and menacing: the clouded leopard
• Small and menacing: clouded leopard
In my opinion, a leopard - the most beautiful cat of all the inhabitants of the planet. And all kinds of good-looking cat. African leopard in my belt a great many, I have been working with them for several years. But other leopards I've seen, alas, only in zoos.
All leopards are incredibly secretive creatures. Even their impressive size does not prevent them from being invisible. This is their trump card in the hunt. Clouded leopard is no exception.
In general, the clouded leopard is not a direct relative of the real leopards, such as the Far East, Indian or African, that relate to the Panther family. Clouded leopard - not a panther and isolated in a separate genus. Rodney clouded leopard and the usual only that they both belong to the family cat.
Clouded leopard is much smaller African leopard. The length of its body usually does not exceed 800-100 cm height at withers -.. Within 55 cm, and weight - 10-15 kg for the females and 16-20 kg - males. At the same time, the small size did not prevent hunting on a fairly large prey.
It is believed that the clouded leopard better than other cats climb trees. After waiting for prey, they suddenly jump on top of her. In addition to the effect of surprise and kill large prey clouded leopard to help the huge tusks - in relation to the body size of it, they are the largest among all the cat!
Normally, clouded leopards feed on monkeys and birds, but frequent attacks on wild boar and deer.
clouded leopard inhabits mountainous areas in south-east Asia, usually at an altitude of about 2000 meters.
As of today, in the wild they have not more than 10, 000 pieces, however, these figures are very approximate.