As crazy and fierce as this awesome Clouded Leopard appears, expressions frozen in time can be real deceptive. As it happens, though Lai Tai is definitely one of the more grumpy cats at Khao Kheow Open Zoo (Thailand), in this frame you see the downside of his yawn.
Though their numbers in the wild have been greatly reduced, Clouded Leopard populations range from the Himalayan foothills though mainland Southeast Asia and into China. Aside from its beautiful coat, this medium-sized cat has other distinguishing features, such as short, stout legs, board paws, and a tail that measures nearly half the length of its body, all of which combined enables this amazingly agile feline to climb both up and down trees, leap impressive distances, and run along branches with the greatest of ease.
And then there are those magnificent teeth! Although the Clouded Leopard is approximately tens times smaller, their fangs are about the same length as that of a Tiger, which makes the canine teeth of Clouded Leopards the longest of all living felines. In light of this fact, it is believed that the Clouded Leopard is the closest living relative to the long since extinct Sabre-Toothed Cat.
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