Nature & Environment
Viral video shows jaguar feeding underwater
By T.K. Randall
May 7, 2015 · 18 comments
The big cat was remarkably adept in the water. Image Credit: YouTube / Vince Pinto
Despite cats having a reputation for disliking water the jaguar actually feels very much at home in it.
The third largest feline species after tigers and lions, jaguars are native to the Americas and can be found as far north as the United States and as far south as Argentina.
Well known for possessing an extremely powerful bite, these huge cats are solitary predators that utilize stalk-and-ambush tactics to catch and kill their prey. What isn't quite as well known however is their remarkable aquatic prowess - jaguars are capable swimmers that can dive and spend extended periods of time underwater.
Now though thanks to a new viral video uploaded on to YouTube by user Vince Pinto this little-known skill has become something of a social media sensation.
The footage, which has already received several million hits, shows a jaguar at a zoo gliding through the water with ease as it grabs and eats its food off the bottom of a tank.
"I had no idea that a Jaguar could remain underwater for so long," Pinto wrote.
This is certainly one cat that isn't afraid to go in the water.
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