The Margay is an impressive big cat with spots that originates from Central and South America and loves to explore the dense rainforests. They look quite similar to the Ocelot, but are famous for their exceptional ability to climb trees, earning them the title of one of the most nimble tree-dwelling cats around.
The Margay is a petite wildcat that likes to hunt under the cover of darkness, similar to the Sand Cat. It is a lone ranger, and its weight ranges from 6 to 20 pounds (2-9kg), with a tail that equals the length of its body. The Margay has many physical characteristics that enable it to be an expert tree climber. Its lengthy legs, flexible joints, and long tail allow it to move with speed and grace through the trees. The Margay prefers to remain in the trees to keep itself safe from predators. Its tail aids in its balance and allows it to jump effortlessly from branch to branch. Additionally, The Margay can hang upside down using only its hind legs, similar to primates. What distinguishes the Margay from other felines is its ability to turn its ankles outward by 180 degrees, enabling it to flexibly use two feet to attach itself while utilizing its front legs to reach out for food.
Regarding hunting, the Margay has large round eyes that provide excellent night vision and gleam brightly in the dark. These elusive creatures choose to live in remote areas that are not densely populated, where they consume different kinds of prey like rats, opossums, birds, insects, monkeys, and squirrels.
The magnificent wild cats are renowned for their impressive longevity, with a lifespan of up to two decades in captivity.