Monday, November 24, 2008

Margay - The Tiger Cat

Of all of the felines, the Margay is most adapted for a true arboreal life. It is the only cat to possess the ability to rotate its hind legs 180° , enabling it to run head first down trees like squirrels. It can also hang from a branch by one hind foot!

The Margay is on the endangered animals list, but no one really knows how large their population really is between Mexico and Argentina. Margays don’t take well to humans invading their habitats and sacientists say they are so well adapted to life in trees that they can go their entire lives without touching the ground.













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2 comments :

JimJim said...

Beautiful animal.

The only other animal I know of that can rotate its hind limbs, especially its ankles, like that is the Fossa. They can literally run down a tree head first. But the best thing about them is the noise they make when mating, sound just like drunk humans mating! Very funny. Check out the David Attenborough doco series 'Life of Mammals', (sorry, can't remember which episode).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossa_(animal)

Margay Luver said...

Do people know this animal is endangered? they should try to save it.