Looks that kill

The puma or cougar (Puma concolor, onça-parda) is one of the more common cats around here, but still very elusive. Nevertheless we have an average of 3 sightings per month (over the last 24 months).
It´s looks are deceiving, what seems a cute sweet cat is a very efficient predator of animals as big as tapirs. But mostly they will hunt mammals from agouties to peccaries. Pumas have an impressive leaping and short-sprint ability because their hind legs which are proportionally the largest in the cat family.
By the way, the white flowers you see in this picture are of "assa-peixe" (Vernonia polysphaera) a very common plant with several medicinal properties.




And here´s another interesting sighting that we would like to share with you: