The cougar, which is also commonly referred to as a puma, mountain lion or panther, is the second largest cat in North America. Unlike other big cats, however, the cougar cannot roar. Instead, the large feline purrs like a house cat.
Cougars also have similar body types to house cats, only on a larger scale. They have slender bodies and round heads with pointed ears.
Cougars are mammals and the young drink their mother’s milk. This animal is identified by its large size, cat-like appearance, uniformly gray to reddish-tan body color, and long tail – nearly three feet (1 m) long and a third of its total length. The muzzle and chest are white and there are black markings on the face, ears and tip of the tail. Cougar kittens have black spots until they are about 6 months old. The cougar is the second largest wild cat found in the Americas, the largest being the South American Jaguar. It has a very muscular body that varies in colour from tawny red to dark brown. The throat, chest, chin and whiskers are white.
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