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Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi)

The Felinae is a subfamily of the family Felidae that comprises the small cats that have a bony hyoid, because of which they are able to purr but not roar.

Other authors proposed an alternative definition for this subfamily: as comprising only the living conical-toothed cat genera with two tribes, the Felini and Pantherini; thus excluding all fossil cat species.

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Cheetah
The Cheetah (derived from Sanskrit word Chitraka meaning "Speckled") (Acinonyx jubatus) is an atypical member of the cat family (Felidae) that hunts by speed rather than by stealth or pack tactics. It is the fastest of all land animals and can reach speeds of up to 70 mph (120 km/h) in short bursts up to 500 yards (500 m), as well as being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.

The cheetah is a vulnerable species. Out of all the big cats, it is the least able to adapt to new environments. They have always proved difficult to breed in captivity, but recently a few zoos have been successful. Once widely shot for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.


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Snow leopard
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The Snow Leopard, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia.

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Siberian
The Siberian is a recognized breed of cat, with most cat organizations accepting Siberians of any color (including color points) for competition. Known to be an exceptionally high jumper, the Siberian is a strong and powerfully built cat, with well proportioned characteristics that include strong hindquarters and large stomachs. Siberians are generally intelligent, playful, affectionate and loyal, leading many to describe their character as dog like. The breed can be seen in Russian paintings and writings hundreds of years old.

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