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  • This little old lady is Button, a 21-year-old margay.

  • Her name comes from the phrasecute as a button.”

  • The margay is a tree-dwelling cat native to the dense forests in Central and South America.

  • These expert climbers will hunt, sleep, and even give birth in the trees.

  • The margay's wide feet and flexible toes allow them to climb, jump, and hang from tree limbs.

  • Their long heavy tails keep the animal balanced, and their large eyes make them excellent night hunters, preying on birds, reptiles and even small primates.

  • Margays will hardly ever cross open treeless areas, making them extremely sensitive to deforestation.

  • In addition, the illegal fur and pet trades have made this wildcat a near-threatened species.

  • The best hope for the margay's continued survival is to preserve their natural forest habitat.

  • This is the margay.

This little old lady is Button, a 21-year-old margay.

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These Wildcats Need the Forest to Survive

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    Samuel posted on 2021/01/26
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