Hi Readers! Christian Author David Telbat here. Occasionally, I come across some very cool research material for a novel I simply can’t bury in the book; I have to share it! Today, I thought I’d share some of my recent research notes from when I wrote Jaguar Dusk, one of my Christian suspense novels based on the themes of Dark Liaison, A Christian Suspense Novel.
7 Facts about Jaguars
*Jaguar, a large cat mammal from Central and South America.
*Check out the jaguar, the most unique cat of all; also known as the black panther.
(And since I just gave you those two facts, it should be titled “9 Facts About Jaguars”!) 😉
- Enjoys water. This is uncharacteristic of other cats. A jaguar often uses tributaries and creeks as clear paths through dense jungle. They even migrate by swimming the Panama Canal.
- Apex Predator. No animal hunts the jaguar, or if one does, the hunter becomes the hunted!
- Unusual killing method. The jaguar studies its prey secretly to identify its target’s blind spot. It is normal for a jaguar to ambush a kill from above and behind, without running at all.
- Resembles leopard. Though often mistaken for a leopard, a jaguar has shorter limbs, different spots, and unparalleled biting power. The short limbs make the jaguar more powerful than a leopard, and the bite of a jaguar is unmatched in the animal kingdom except by the spotted hyena.
- Bigger prey. With superior tactics, the jaguar prefers prey much larger than itself, even cattle. The jaguar then drags the carcass into a tree to eat without disturbance.
- Crepuscular. Dawn and dusk are the jaguar’s peak activity times. Not by accident, none of the jaguar’s prey sees well at this time.
- Attacking humans. Disabled jaguars are more prone to attack humans if they are old or have damaged teeth. (the jaguars, not the humans!) 😉
I hope you enjoyed this little sidebar of some of my research for Jaguar Dusk. Warning: don’t swim in the jungle tributaries of the Amazon. You never know who or what you might run into!
See you on the next page!
You can read other research articles on my Recent Research Page.