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Jan 22, 2012

My Favorite Animal - The Snow Leopard

Allah has engineered countless numbers of animals and scattered them across the earth & beneath the earth, each animal has got its unique abilities, it is not surprising we humans fall in love with the beauty and elegance of Allah' creation, everybody has a favorite animal, my favorite animal is the snow leopard.

I spend hours watching Discovery channel, National Geographic channel but most I watch is the Animal Planet, this channel explains in depth details of animals' characters, All praises to Allah, who is the superior in engineering perfectionist, where non can match.

Since I wanted to talk about the snow Leopard, you may question what is so unique about snow leopard; I like the long bushy tail and the unique jumping ability on the high mountains on their hunt, here are some more information I'm adding from National Geographic website.

These rare, beautiful gray leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. 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 (15 meters). They use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill. 
Snow leopards prey upon the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalaya, as well as the mountain ibex found over most of the rest of their range. Though these powerful predators can kill animals three times their weight, they also eat smaller fare, such as marmots, hares, and game birds. 
One Indian snow leopard, protected and observed in a national park, is reported to have consumed five blue sheep, nine Tibetan woolly hares, twenty-five marmots, five domestic goats, one domestic sheep, and fifteen birds in a single year. 
As these numbers indicate, snow leopards sometimes have a taste for domestic animals, which has led to killings of the big cats by herders. 
These endangered cats appear to be in dramatic decline because of such killings, and due to poaching driven by illegal trades in pelts and in body parts used for traditional Chinese medicine. Vanishing habitat and the decline of the cats' large mammal prey are also contributing factors.

Some more pictures for you :-)