Dec 20, 2011

The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

ocelot The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by FLASHFLOOD STUDIOS

 

 
The Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed over South and Central America and Mexico, but has been reported as far north as Texas and in Trinidad, in the Caribbean. The ocelot is similar in appearance to a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a clouded leopard or jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of ocelots were once killed for their fur. The feline was classified a “vulnerable” endangered species from 1972 until 1996, but is now rated “least concern” by the 2008 IUCN Red List.

Below you will find 30 amazing pictures of this beautiful animal along with additional facts scattered throughout. Enjoy!
 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by ANNE-MARIE KALUS

 

 

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ocelot by brienne earnst The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by BRIENNE EARNST

 

 

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baby ocelot The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph via Reddit

 

 

The ocelot’s genus Leopardus consists of nine similar species to the ocelot, such as Geoffroy’s cat and the margay, which are also endemic to South and Central America. All of the cats in the Leopardus genus are spotted, lithe, and small, with the ocelot being the biggest of its genus. [Source]

 

 

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Ocelot
Photograph by WAYNE DUMBLETON

 

 

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Ocelot
Photograph by JIM NICHOLSON

 

 

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Ocelot at The Texas Zoo

Photograph by DAVID RIVERA

 

 

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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)

Photograph by Hotel Lyric

 

 

The ocelot ranges from 68 to 100 centimetres (27 to 39 in) in length, plus 26 to 45 centimeters (10 to 18 in) in tail length, and typically weighs 8 to 18 kilograms (18 to 40 lb), although much larger individuals have occasionally been recorded, making it the largest of the generally dainty Leopardus wild cat genus. It has sleek, smooth fur, rounded ears and relatively large front paws. [Source]

 

 

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Ocelot Napping

Photograph by E_MONK

 

 

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dwarf leopard The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

 

 

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Sad-Looking Ocelot

Photograph by LOOPY PHOTOS

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by FLOR DE LA AMAZONIA

 

 

The ocelot is mostly nocturnal and very territorial. It will fight fiercely, sometimes to the death, in territorial disputes. In addition, the cat marks its territory with urine. Like most felines, it is solitary, usually meeting only to mate. However, during the day it rests in trees or other dense foliage, and will occasionally share its spot with another ocelot of the same sex. Males occupy territories of 3.5 to 46 square kilometers (1.4 to 18 sq mi), while females occupy smaller, non-overlapping territories of 0.8 to 15 square kilometers (0.31 to 5.8 sq mi). [Source]

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by TIM CHEESMAN

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by GLENN SHOEMAKE

 

 

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Ocelot 3 at the Naples Zoo

Photograph by PAUL FERNANDEZ

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by E_MONK

 

 

Ocelots hunt over a range of 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi), taking mostly small mammals (various rodents), reptiles and amphibians (lizards, turtles and frogs), crab, birds and fish. Almost all of the prey that the ocelot hunts is far smaller than itself, with rodents,rabbits, and opossums forming the largest part of the diet. [Source]

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by FILIPPO PHOTOS

 

 

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the ocelot The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by DANLEO

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by ANNE-MARIE KALUS

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by B. TSE

 

 

Compared with other small cats, ocelot kittens grow quite slowly. They weigh around 250 grams (8.8 oz) at birth, and do not open their eyes for fifteen to eighteen days. They begin to leave the den at three months, but remain with their mother for up to two years, before dispersing to establish their own territory. Ocelots live for up to twenty years in captivity. [Source]

 

 

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ocelot in darkness by naturepunk d426vwu The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by NATUREPUNK

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by JANIS SMITH

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by *KLELIA

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by MARIKA BELL

 

 

Like many wild cats, it is occasionally kept as a pet. Salvador Dalí frequently traveled with his pet ocelot Babou, even bringing it aboard the luxury ocean liner, SS France. Musician Gram Parsons kept an ocelot as a pet in the back yard swimming pool area of his family’s Winter Haven, Florida, home during his teens, in the mid-1960s. The Moche people of ancient Peru worshipped animals and often depicted the ocelot in their art. [Source]

 

 

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ocelot kitten by canislupuscorax The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by Canislupuscorax

 

 

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ocelot by midnightgiraffe d4asm8h The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by MidnightGiraffe

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by RORY O’BRYEN

 

 

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ocelot 1 by cjchmiel The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by CJCHMIEL

 

 

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curious ocelot kitten by amurleopard d4aihag The Adorable Ocelot [30 pics]

Photograph by AmurLeopard

 

 

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Ocelot

Photograph by JIM COX PHOTOGRAPHY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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