|Margay in Peru - photo by Smithsonian Wild under creative commons.|
What about the appearance of the margay, which, by the way, is probably the best climber of all the world's cats, wild or domestic?
|Showing long tail - Photo by siwild|
The eyes are massive in comparison to the size of the head. Usually a cat's eyes are 8 times bigger than ours in relation to head size but the margay looks like an exception. They are even larger. This wild cat must be nocturnal. The flash of the camera trap photograph supports that. This individual cat was active at night. Research indicates that it is, in general, most active between 1am and 5 am.
The margay is similar in appearance to the oncilla and ocelot. However, it is smaller than the ocelot and has a longer tail despite very similar coat markings. See ocelot picture for comparison.
The fur of the margay is soft and thick. The margay expends energy at an unusually low rate when at rest.