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Mammalian Biology

, Volume 76, Issue 2, pp 240–241 | Cite as

Unusual observation of an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) eating an adult Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus)

  • Miguel DelibesEmail author
  • Javier Calzada
  • Cuauhtémoc Chávez
  • Eloy Revilla
  • Beatriz A. Ribeiro
  • Denise Prado
  • Claudia Keller
  • Francisco Palomares
Short Communication

Abstract

The behaviour of an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) eating from an adult Linnaeus’ two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) was described. Observation was made at the Viruá National Park of northern Brazil. The sloth had an estimated weight of 7 kg and a portion of its hairs were plucked after the kill. The ocelot began to eat its prey by the braincase. Three days after the finding, only the harder parts of skin and the bones of the extremities of the sloth remained. Field observations of ocelots while eating are very rare and sloths are unusual prey.

Keywords

Amazonia Felids Prey use Viruá National Park 

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© Deutsche Gesellschaft für Säugetierkunde 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Delibes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Javier Calzada
    • 2
  • Cuauhtémoc Chávez
    • 3
  • Eloy Revilla
    • 1
  • Beatriz A. Ribeiro
    • 4
  • Denise Prado
    • 5
  • Claudia Keller
    • 5
  • Francisco Palomares
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Conservation BiologyEstación Biológica de Doñana, CSICSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Biología Ambiental y Salud PúblicaUniversidad de HuelvaHuelvaSpain
  3. 3.Laboratorio de Ecologia y Conservación de Fauna SilvestreInstituto de Ecología, UNAMMéxicoMexico
  4. 4.Parque Nacional do ViruáIBAMA/ICMBioBoa VistaBrazil
  5. 5.Department of EcologyInstituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia-INPAManausBrazil

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