Outwardly, jaguarundi can be mistaken for a small cougar, but unlike cougars, they are much friendlier and eat almost everything. These animals are born hunters. This character trait did not allow people to completely tame the jaguarundi – they are not only able to protect the house from small rodents, but they themselves will be the first to climb into the owner’s chicken coop to hunt and eat meat.
Noticing this animal in the wild, you might think that you have a very large marten in front of you, or vice versa,a small cougar. In terms of size, the jaguarundi is about the same as an ordinary domestic cat, but it is ahead of its relatives in plasticity and body length.
The traditional color is bright red or brown. By color, these animals were previously divided into two species,
but then it turned out that despite the color, both species are identicaland both red and brown babies can be born to this mother. The closest relatives of the jaguarundi are cougars, although the difference in size in these animals is significant.
Jaguarundis are quite unpretentious in terms of food,they are happy to absorb everything that can be easily caught.These cats eat lizards and small rodents, but if they fail to catch them, they can satisfy their hunger with bananas or berries. In Panama, these animals often form a coalition with monkeys and visit plantations where bananas andfigs grow.
Monkeys pluck fruits on trees, and cats eat what falls to the ground. Jaguarundis are able to make many sounds, so it’s not easy to recognize them by their characteristic “talk”. These animals meow, purr, but can also whistle and chirp, imitating birds. From other felinejaguarundi distinguishes diurnal lifestyle. During the day they hear many sounds of nature and have gradually learned to imitate many of them. With the help of such “polyphony” these animals communicate with relatives and disguisethemselves in the forest.