The sleek, powerful Ocelot is an endangered species of cat that can be found in South American rainforest, brushland and can be found as far north as Texas!
They're twice the size of a house cat, and strong swimmers with a gorgeous, dappled coat. Some call them 'dwarf leopards,' but there's nothing miniature about their razor-sharp teeth and their strong prey drive. These carnivores mostly hunt at night and you'll find them stalking rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs.
If you're lucky enough to live in Texas, you might spot one of these timid creatures in the wild. However, these beauties have been hunted for their fur, nearly to extinction. They're on the Endangered species list and considered a protected species in the USA, so count yourself lucky if you spot one in the wild!
For now, check out these mesmerizing photos of these gorgeous cats and fuzzy kittens!
Love these pictures? Keep scrolling down to watch a video of an Ocelot cub learning to fish!
Watch this adorable Ocelot kitten learn how to fish: