Ocelot relaxing (sleeping?) in a tree
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Ocelot relaxing (sleeping?) in a tree

The ocelot is one of Belize's mysterious, wild cat species. This beautiful cat takes it's name from the Aztec word "tlalocelot", which means "field tiger". Here in Belize, the Ocelot is known locally as the Tiger Cat. A female is called a Queen, while the male is called a Torn. Other names the Ocelot has been known by are Painted Leopard, Tigrillo, Jaguatirica, Maracaya and Gato Onza. Almost as many names as spots! Each individual Ocelot can be identified by its unique pattern of markings, just like our finger prints!

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