Let’s Talk About: Ocelots

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http://oceanadesigns.net/author/admin/ I’ve been rewatching Archer, as I fervently wait for some news about when the next season will start, and just realized something (or maybe remembered something):  Babou is awesome.  For those of you not in the know, he’s one of the character’s pet ocelot, and Archer’s favourite thing in the world after alcohol and Burt Reynolds.  Anyways, because of that I thought I might as well share some pretty sweet ocelot knowledge with the internets, to hopefully convince anyone who dislikes Babou how great he is, and remind everyone else why he’s so special.  Let’s talk about ocelots.

source link Firstly, as stated on Archer itself, ocelots are crepuscular, which means that they are most active at dawn and dusk.  They can also be active at night as well, which is where their sight comes in.  Ocelots have great night vision, thanks to an extra cell layer in their eyes, which causes light to hit the back of their eyes twice, ultimately improving the images they see at night.   Using this sight, these guys will then hunt and eat pretty much anything they can; snakes, lizards, birds, rodents, monkeys, deer, and peccaries can all be on the menu for them- which is pretty crazy considering they’re only mildly bigger than a housecat.  Unfortunately, in part because of their size, they aren’t just a predator species, but a prey species as well.  Jaguars, pumas, anacondas, and harpy eagles have all been known to hunt down and eat ocelots.  To quote Archer, “Babou, serpentine!”451px-Salvador_Dali_NYWTS

PSA time.  Ocelots aren’t pets.  I don’t care that Babou was both a fictional pet ocelot and an actual pet ocelot owned by Salvador Dali, they’re wild animals.  Not only will they be agressive and rip your house up, but they will also spray everything, including you, with urine to claim it as their own.  It’s like when you were a kid, and licked candy to claim it for yourself (don’t lie to yourself, you licked things to claim them), but much, much grosser.  Oh and they’re wild animals- you wouldn’t let a squirrel into your house, why would you let an ocelot in.  Come on.

Moving along, ocelots can’t chew.  The way their teeth are shaped means that they can only tear up their food.  To get around this problem, they rip their food up, then swallow the pieces whole.  These guys are pretty brutal when it comes to eating.  Their tongues are also rough enough to be able to peal off any meat stuck to the bones themselves.  Honestly, these guys mean business when it comes to eating.

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All around though, these guys are pretty food oriented.  Everything about them is to make them better hunters.  Their spotted fur to help them blend in, their sharp teeth and tongue to help them eat, and their behaviour.  While they might spend most of their time on the ground, they can and will swim or climb trees to get at food.  This is all super important for them, as living in South America and in the Amazon means competing with tons of other deadly species to survive.  I’m just imagining the poor monkey that’s climbing a tree to escape an ocelot, only to find it following it up the tree.  It’s pretty cool.

Anyways, that’s all I have to say about ocelots.  If you want to know more, check out the links below: