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An interesting picture, which has caused some online confusion as to whether this is a leopard or a jaguar:


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https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/vh1qtq/oc_i_went_to_the_zoo_today_and_saw_a_beautiful/

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Quote:It is indeed a leopard. 
The exhibit was for leopards and the zoo handler who was providing knowledge on these animals said most people will confuse a juvenile leopard for a jaguar and vice versa. When the cubs are around this age, their spots are starting to develop and a jaguar (when fully mature) will have a tan dot with a black outline and a bold black dot in the middle. If you look at the spots on her back, you’ll notice their are some spots that look exactly like this but that’s because she is still growing and as she matures that large black dot in the center will get smaller and smaller and in some cases will almost seem to disappear. 
Another way to distinguish is her face. She has a more rounded face as a jaguar cub will have a more boxy shape to their face until they mature and it takes a more rounded shape. 
Lastly, it is not uncommon for leopards to have bright colored eyes when in youth and as they mature the color will become more dull and for most, will eventually turn into a yellow, brown and amber color to blend in with their natural habitat. 
If only the zoo handler could see me now, dispensing the knowledge I’ve learned.
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(06-21-2022, 03:59 PM)LandSeaLion Wrote: An interesting picture, which has caused some online confusion as to whether this is a leopard or a jaguar:


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https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/vh1qtq/oc_i_went_to_the_zoo_today_and_saw_a_beautiful/

Commentary from the original poster:

Quote:It is indeed a leopard. 
The exhibit was for leopards and the zoo handler who was providing knowledge on these animals said most people will confuse a juvenile leopard for a jaguar and vice versa. When the cubs are around this age, their spots are starting to develop and a jaguar (when fully mature) will have a tan dot with a black outline and a bold black dot in the middle. If you look at the spots on her back, you’ll notice their are some spots that look exactly like this but that’s because she is still growing and as she matures that large black dot in the center will get smaller and smaller and in some cases will almost seem to disappear. 
Another way to distinguish is her face. She has a more rounded face as a jaguar cub will have a more boxy shape to their face until they mature and it takes a more rounded shape. 
Lastly, it is not uncommon for leopards to have bright colored eyes when in youth and as they mature the color will become more dull and for most, will eventually turn into a yellow, brown and amber color to blend in with their natural habitat. 
If only the zoo handler could see me now, dispensing the knowledge I’ve learned.

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(06-21-2022, 07:35 PM)Pckts Wrote:
(06-21-2022, 03:59 PM)LandSeaLion Wrote: An interesting picture, which has caused some online confusion as to whether this is a leopard or a jaguar:


*This image is copyright of its original author


https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/vh1qtq/oc_i_went_to_the_zoo_today_and_saw_a_beautiful/

Commentary from the original poster:

Quote:It is indeed a leopard. 
The exhibit was for leopards and the zoo handler who was providing knowledge on these animals said most people will confuse a juvenile leopard for a jaguar and vice versa. When the cubs are around this age, their spots are starting to develop and a jaguar (when fully mature) will have a tan dot with a black outline and a bold black dot in the middle. If you look at the spots on her back, you’ll notice their are some spots that look exactly like this but that’s because she is still growing and as she matures that large black dot in the center will get smaller and smaller and in some cases will almost seem to disappear. 
Another way to distinguish is her face. She has a more rounded face as a jaguar cub will have a more boxy shape to their face until they mature and it takes a more rounded shape. 
Lastly, it is not uncommon for leopards to have bright colored eyes when in youth and as they mature the color will become more dull and for most, will eventually turn into a yellow, brown and amber color to blend in with their natural habitat. 
If only the zoo handler could see me now, dispensing the knowledge I’ve learned.

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That’s what I thought too - big round head, chunky body and short legs. She certainly doesn’t look like any juvenile leopard I’ve ever seen. But this was apparently contradicted by the zookeeper (assuming the original poster wasn’t telling porkies).

I’d sure like to know which zoo the photo was taken at!
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(06-22-2022, 12:52 PM)LandSeaLion Wrote:
(06-21-2022, 07:35 PM)Pckts Wrote:
(06-21-2022, 03:59 PM)LandSeaLion Wrote: An interesting picture, which has caused some online confusion as to whether this is a leopard or a jaguar:


*This image is copyright of its original author


https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/vh1qtq/oc_i_went_to_the_zoo_today_and_saw_a_beautiful/

Commentary from the original poster:

Quote:It is indeed a leopard. 
The exhibit was for leopards and the zoo handler who was providing knowledge on these animals said most people will confuse a juvenile leopard for a jaguar and vice versa. When the cubs are around this age, their spots are starting to develop and a jaguar (when fully mature) will have a tan dot with a black outline and a bold black dot in the middle. If you look at the spots on her back, you’ll notice their are some spots that look exactly like this but that’s because she is still growing and as she matures that large black dot in the center will get smaller and smaller and in some cases will almost seem to disappear. 
Another way to distinguish is her face. She has a more rounded face as a jaguar cub will have a more boxy shape to their face until they mature and it takes a more rounded shape. 
Lastly, it is not uncommon for leopards to have bright colored eyes when in youth and as they mature the color will become more dull and for most, will eventually turn into a yellow, brown and amber color to blend in with their natural habitat. 
If only the zoo handler could see me now, dispensing the knowledge I’ve learned.

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That’s what I thought too - big round head, chunky body and short legs. She certainly doesn’t look like any juvenile leopard I’ve ever seen. But this was apparently contradicted by the zookeeper (assuming the original poster wasn’t telling porkies).

I’d sure like to know which zoo the photo was taken at!
I can say whatever I want on the internet but doesn’t make it true. There’s no zoo given or name of anyone who made that claim. The fact is that it’s a Jaguar, there’s 0 chance of it being anything else. The poster is trying to save face after misrepresenting what it was.
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(06-22-2022, 03:58 PM)Pckts Wrote: I can say whatever I want on the internet but doesn’t make it true.

Yeah I know lol. That’s why I linked this video - I was being tongue-in-cheek. :)
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Simba the largest lion

Weight = 375 kg
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Angolan lion (Panthera leo bleyenberghi)

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@Pantherinae Hello,

I was wondering if you knew Aslan the lion's shoulder height or that you can give some estimates on his height.

Thanks. Lol
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Southwest African lion (P. leo. bleyenberghi) of Namibian origin.
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