Just like your average daredevil house cat companions, snow leopards like to have some fun too! Captured by Facebook user Adam Mitchell, it appears that this particular snow leopard — Ada — has one cool trick that looks just like it’s practicing some intense parkour moves in preparation for chow time.
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It’s actually common for snow leopards to bust out extremely acrobatic movements — their bodies evolved to endure dangerous heights along freezing mountain terrain. Their huge tails give them enough balance to maintain positions like a sprinting cheetah. And the leopard’s stocky hind legs can produce enough energy to leap six times the length of its body. For context, house cats can also leap about six times their body length, but the average adult housecat is only two feet long while the an average adult snow leopard can grow to be 6-feet long. Put all that together and you’ve got a born parkour specialist.
As an endangered species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, snow leopards are mostly found in zoos. But their natural homelands span across the mountaintops of Central Asia. The big cats are one of the quickest and stealthiest members of the feline family. Think of them as the wintry mountain cousin of The Jungle Book‘s Bagheera.
Can’t get enough of this big cat’s parkour moves? For various price ranges, you can help the species out by “adopting” a snow leopard through the World Wildlife Fund. Be sure to leave us your cat loving comments below!