Licking the Spots Off
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|This beautiful snow leopard lives at the Denver Zoo, and was photographed through a small glass window. Levels, sharpening.|
This species, like the clouded leopard, is one of those that is somewhere between the small cats and the great cats in that it canít purr like the small cats and it canít roar like the true great cats. It makes a happy sound similar to the tiger's chuffing.
Its greatest threats are the hunting of its main prey species in the mountains, and the poisoning of other of its prey species, leaving the snow leopard with out a means of sustaining itself. There is also a demand now for snow leopard bones in traditional Chinese medicine as a substitute for tiger bones. Unfortunately, there is still a demand for fur coats from snow leopard skins in some countries, but luckily that has greatly diminished. At one time here in the US, a coat from a snow leopard sold for up to $50,000.00.
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- [2006-12-22 0:01]
needs sharpening. good capture of an interesting event.