My friend Ellen (actually I have three friends Ellen; this is my virologist, bird-watching, opera-loving friend Ellen), sent me a wonderful pair of photos taken by her trip leader on a recent birding jaunt to Brazil. This is no zoo animal. It’s an honest-to-gosh jaguar in his (her?) natural habitat, stretched out along a tree branch for simultaneous relaxation and prey-spotting.
Look at the size of his nose and ears and paws, so clearly the tools of an alpha predator. Not to mention the enormous muzzleâ€”the better to bite you with!
Ellen’s email to me noted that “[The photographer] took them standing at the back of an open boat about 18 feet long. I was sitting on a bench seat near the front of the same boat. I don’t know how big a telephoto lens he was using, but these are stills from his videocam.”
Addendum by Melissa:
Damian is not impressed by the jaguar.
He says anyone can see that the jaguar is so much smaller than he is. He has NO idea.