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Puma/Cougar (Olympia) Portrait in Half Profile at the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee

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According to Wikipedia, Cougars are slender and agile members of the cat family. They are the fourth largest cats (behind Tigers, Lions and Jaguars) and adults stand about 24 to 35 inches (60 to 90 cm) tall at the shoulders. Adult males are around 7.9 feet (2.4 m) long nose to tail and females average 6.7 feet (2.05 m), with overall ranges between 4.9 to 9.0 feet (1.5 to 2.75 m) nose to tail suggested for the species in general. Of this length, 25 to 37 inches (63 to 95 cm) is comprised by the tail. Males typically weigh 115 to 220 pounds (53 to 100 kilograms), averaging 137 lb (62 kg). Females typically weigh between 64 and 141 lbs (29 and 64 kg), averaging 93 lbs (42 kg). Cougar size is smallest close to the equator, and larger towards the poles. The largest recorded cougar was shot in Arizona and weighed 276 pounds (125.5 kilograms) after its intestines were removed, indicating that in life it could have weighed nearly 300 lbs (136.2 kg). Several male cougars in British Columbia weighed between 190 to 210 lbs (86.4 and 95.5 kg).

 

Thanks to Frederick Wagner (fwagner2000) for Olympia's identification.

 

Puma/Cougar Portrait in Half Profile at the Memphis Zoo in Tennessee

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Taken on October 1, 2011