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Another capture of Athena the black Jaguar - however this time I wanted to do her completely on a black background; a challenge! Still don't know if I have it right as didn't have a flash gun and lets face it, I wouldn't know how to set that up anyway :-) I just love her coat.

The Jaguar is the third biggest Cat in the world behind the Tiger and the Lion and is well known for it's immense power and agility. In fact, the name Jaguar is said to come from the Native American word yaguar which means "he who kills with one leap". Despite their incredible power however, Jaguars have been hunted through the ages mainly for their staggeringly beautiful fur. Although hunting for Jaguar fur is now prohibited, population numbers have declined throughout much of their natural range, with Jaguars having completely disappeared from a number of areas.

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