The cat that can have tails the size

The Snow Leopard is a endangered animal that there are only 3,500 – 7,000  left in the wild of and only 600 of them left in zoos all together. The snow leopard is a medium sized cat that can have tails the size of their bodies. They fur is a smokey grey and dark grey mix. In there home which is the mounts it blends perfectly with the rocks and snow.  Then if they want to they can become almost invisible to people and animals. They weight 60 to 120 pounds when full grown. There many prey is blue shep ibex and argil sheep. Some of their main problems that are leading to extinction are poachers killing them for the furs and loss of food and loss of habit. Also people’s lack of awareness along with lack of protection. Snow leopards are usually solitary, except when females are raising cubs. Mating occurs in late winter and 1 to usually 2 or 3 cubs are born 90-100 days later. The cubs remain with their mother until they become independent normally after about 18-22 months.They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. Snow leopards have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet. They use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill. The snow leopard has declined 10% in the last 23 years and is still on the decline. They can hunt animals more than double their size some animals are camels and a horse. Snow leopards are rare to attack human livestock but they still do some times. The cat is the state animal of Himachal Pradesh, a north Indian state in the western Himalayas. The animal has also been declared the “National Predator” of Pakistan.A wild snow leopard’s life span usually lasts 8 to 10 years; while a snow leopard in captivity can live to 18 years old. When trying to attract a mate during the late winter months the female snow leopards will spray rocks or protruding objects with urine which informs the nearby males that it is mating season. One way in which they there being killed off is herds of animals killing them because they have developed a taste. Some people think that they have medicinal powers in their bones. They are being killed so their bones and body parts can be made into medicines. They also like to eat deer boar and small game such as rats and small rodents they can find. Snow leopard have lost over 70% of their natural habitat. 60% of snow leopard won’t make it to 15 because of poachers. They have been spotted as far as 18,000 feet up.

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