Why do Leopards Have Spots & Other Amazing Facts!

I’ve been fascinated by these big cats since seeing them in Africa some years ago.  Today, I’d like to share some fascinating facts about leopards.

A Leopard is pure "poetry in motion:" controlled power and sleek majesty wrapped in fur! Watching one stalk prey or run is awe-inspiring!

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Just the Facts 

Although the smallest cat in the Panthera genus (lion, tiger, jaguar and leopard),  the leopard can bring down prey that is larger than itself.

Leopards are the most adaptable of the big cats and can live in habitats that range from:

  • mountain
  • desert
  • Mediterranean scrub,
  • bamboo thicket
  • forest
  • cultivated land
  • rainforest

They are the only cats that have both desert and rain forests as their habitat.  They have spots to help them blend into their surroundings.

How Well do Leopards See at Night? 

Leopards have large eyes and can see at night in light that is only 1/6th of what a human needs!  They hunt day or night, when game is available.

Their eyes are in a forward position (versus a cow’s on either side of the face); this means that they have binocular vision.   They can focus both eyes on a single thing and judge distances.

The Leopard’s Solitary Life

The largest family unit in a leopard’s realm is the mother cat and her cubs (between 1 and 4, with twins being the norm).  Once the male leaves his mother,  he leads a solitary life.  Why?

Unlike lions, the leopard is totally responsible for feeding himself.  If he can’t hunt, the leopard will starve.  Thus, he must stay injury-free.

This leads to some interesting situations.  If lions, wild dogs or other large carnivores approach a feeding leopard, he will abandon the meal to avoid confrontation.

The mother leopard has this same instinct; at a kill, she will eat first.   After having her fill, she lets the cubs feed.

Can Leopards Store Food?

In a way, they do.  Leopards carry their prey to sheltered places or in trees (!) to avoid other scavengers that do not climb high in trees (lions and hyenas).

Leopards particularly like to drape (even heavy) prey across a high tree limb, to keep their meal away from other carnivores (animal-eating predators).

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There are lots of books with the basics about leopards.  However, I wanted to share some of my favorite facts about these sleek, gorgeous animals!

The only leopard  hunting that goes on now is a “Photography Safari.”

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‘On the Prowl’ is used by permission of Vantage Point Graphics

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Published in: on June 10, 2011 at 12:01 am  Comments Off on Why do Leopards Have Spots & Other Amazing Facts!  
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What Happens When Wolves Are Returned to an Area?

As I indicated yesterday — in How Much do You Know about Wolves? — wolves no longer roam over huge expanses of North America.

In most of America, the gray wolf is endangered.  Anger and hostility have greeted the efforts to return the wolf to some areas of America.

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It is hard to imagine the size of the Gray Wolf without seeing one next to an adult male, as is in this photo.

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The Other Side of the Coin

The text that came with this photo is an eye-opener!  Written by Idaho Rep Phil Hart, it leaves the reader in little doubt of his concern.

The Headline & Text

Giant Idaho Wolves Hunt, Kill In Packs Of Up To 20

“The Canadian Gray Wolf runs in packs of up to twenty wolves. For every one animal they kill to eat, these Canadian wolves kill about three more just for the fun of it.

The biologists call it ‘sport-reflex killing’ or ‘lustful killing’. The Canadian Gray Wolf is a killing machine.

These are federal wolves, as it was the federal government who introduced them into Idaho over our objections.

They told the state of Idaho that the wolves would be considered recovered when we had a total of 100 wolves in Idaho. Now we have between 800 and 2,000 wolves and the situation is out of control.

Idaho’s wolf emergency is a state issue. And in this situation, the state of Idaho has both a duty and the authority to protect its people and their property.

House Bill 343 lays out the facts, the argument and the authority to do so.” – Idaho Rep Phil Hart

What Does This Mean?

As I do not live in Idaho, nor do I own land or animals in that state, I’m ill-equipped to comment on the validity of returning wolves to Idaho.

However, the emotion that pours from the article above fascinates me.  Wolves and strong emotions have always been connected in men’s minds.

Ever since MDH,* Richard, emailed this article to me, I’ve been interested in the interplay between the biologists (who think they are correct to rebalance nature by returning a predator to an area where they once roamed freely) and the citizens of Idaho (who worry that the predators are killing for fun, not food).

Do You Live in Idaho? 

How do you see this issue?  Care to comment?

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* MDH = My Deer Husband, also known as “He who likes to be obeyed” ( but rarely is).

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Published in: on May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm  Comments Off on What Happens When Wolves Are Returned to an Area?  
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An Atypical Deer Worth a Cool $1 Million

A deer farm in Leonard , Texas .

The big atypical deer’s semen is $7,500.00 per straw.  

He is 7 years old and is valued at $1,000,000.00. *

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Do You Think There’s Something Called “Antler Envy?”

A Few of Big Boy’s Friends!

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* Yes, I checked this on Snopes.com.  It’s not on their radar.

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Published in: on March 30, 2011 at 8:49 am  Comments Off on An Atypical Deer Worth a Cool $1 Million  
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Today’s Jokes: What Were They Thinking? Part 2

A Personal Note: On Monday, I prefer to have a meaty article to start the week.  However, we got a lovely surprise — our son Chris flew in from California and I took Friday & the weekend off.

This is an article I was holding for later in the week.

I’ve started an article on fishing and lures … and I’m too tired to get very far on it.  I’ll make every effort to get it to you on Tuesday.

Sometimes, you see photos and wonder what was going on in the mind of the one in the photo.  These are the rest of those images (I showed the first 1/2 on Friday).   Enjoy!

 

I'm Speechless!

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Repeat after me: What's Behind You is Not Important!

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What an Interesting Location for a Home!

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Oops!

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I've Heard of Number Crunching, but this is Ridiculous!

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Not One of this Snake's Smarter Moves!

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Somebody with a Death-Wish?

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Don't Try this at Home! What Happens When Some Smartie Decides to Put the Electric Teapot on a Hot Burner!

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O-K!

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Let Me Guess: This is a Blond Joke?

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The Luck of Some People: If I Were Bathing this Cat, What You Wanna Bet It Would Turn Into an Attack Cat?

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Thanks for Visiting!  Come back Soon!

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Don’t Forget: My NRA Rear Window Graphics are on Sale during the month of February!

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Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 12:45 am  Comments Off on Today’s Jokes: What Were They Thinking? Part 2  
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Today’s Joke: What Were They Thinking?

Sometimes, you see photos and wonder what was going on in the mind of the one in the photo.  These are some of those images … enjoy!

 

Maybe He Hasn't Noticed That it's Raining!

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I Agree, that Purse Goes Better With Silver!

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Maybe He can Fish from the Truck Bed!

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This Guy will be Able to Collect on His Life Insurance Policy Soon!  This is a Quick Way to Remove Folks from the Gene Pool!

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Just a Wannabe!

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A Lousy Time to be Stretched Out for a Nap!

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A $500,000.00 Car Down the Drain!  Have You Noticed that We Do Some of our Silliest Things While in the Company of our Vehicles?

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I Hope She Isn't Congratulating Herself on How Much She Saved at the Grocery Store!

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Over-Kill!

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Talk About Getting a Good Stretch! (AKA 'Ape Hangers')

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Mom, Could We Put Pluto on a Diet Before We Take Him Riding Again?

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Believe it or not, this is only 1/2 of the photos!  I’ll post the rest next week!

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Come back Sunday: I’ll show off some new items  — Native American Graphics!

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Don’t Forget: My NRA Rear Window Graphics are on Sale during the month of February!

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Spectacular Scenes: Northern Lights Over Tepees!

Northern Lights Over Tepees

These are

spectacular and the tepees are so

majestic in the dark!

However,

check out that thermometer!

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NORTHERN LIGHTS

YELLOW KNIFE , CANADA


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BELOW IS

A FIRE RAINBOW – THE RAREST

OF ALL

NATURALLY OCCURRING

ATMOSPHERIC

PHENOMENA.

THE PICTURE WAS CAPTURED

ON THE

IDAHO – WASHINGTON BORDER.

THE EVENT LASTED ABOUT 1 HOUR.

CLOUDS HAVE TO BE CIRRUS,

AT LEAST 20K FEET

IN THE AIR,

WITH JUST THE

RIGHT AMOUNT OF ICE CRYSTALS AND

THE SUN HAS TO HIT

THE CLOUDS AT PRECISELY 58 DEGREES.

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Come back tomorrow:

Sunday Only – Sea Creatures Rear Window Graphics!

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Published in: on January 15, 2011 at 11:37 am  Comments Off on Spectacular Scenes: Northern Lights Over Tepees!  
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Question of the Day: What Does Santa Look Like in the Summer?

Everyone Knows What Santa Looks Like Dressed for Christmas!

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WHAT DOES SANTA

 

LOOK LIKE IN THE

SUMMERTIME ???

 

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Santa,

Please put your clothes back on!

Happy Holidays!

A New Thought: Good news is just life’s way of keeping you off-balance!

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Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 11:48 am  Comments Off on Question of the Day: What Does Santa Look Like in the Summer?  
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Some Great Photos!

Some people get the best camera shots.

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Some of these great photos may have had a bit of help!

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And Another Thing:

Wisdom from Groucho Marx: Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies!

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This Sunday’s Graphics will be:  Horses

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Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm  Comments Off on Some Great Photos!  
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What to Expect in 2011!

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There were probably many, many times this year when my blog and I may have…..

  • Disturbed You,
  • Troubled You,
  • Pestered You,
  • Irritated You,
  • Bugged You,
  • or got on your Nerves!!

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So today, I just wanted to tell you….

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Suck it up Cupcake!!

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‘Cause There

ARE NO CHANGES

Planned for 2011!!

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Published in: on December 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm  Comments Off on What to Expect in 2011!  

Fun Photo!

To Brighten Your Tuesday!

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This comes from

Jacques Swart

@atmarulahunt Mokopane South Africa
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This was available from one of  his Twitters!
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He obviously does some serious hunting and guiding too!

Whew!

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Things have been hectic!  Hope to get back to writing later today!
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A few wise words:

The secret to success is knowing who to blame for your failures!
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Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm  Comments (1)  
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