Slowly, silently, a jaguar creeps through the underbrush after an
armadillo. The short muscular legs of the jaguar are wonderful for
slinking through the bushes in the dense forests where they live,
silent and mysterious as they are and awesomely designed by God. The
jaguar’s orange and black coloring makes him virtually invisible in
the under brush, so the armadillo is completely unaware. He creeps
closer. Suddenly, with a quick swipe of his paw, the 265 lb. male
jaguar turns the armadillo over on its back, exposing its softer
underparts. His muscular jaws close on his prey and he hurries off
into the forest with his prize.
A jaguar is only 7.5 feet long, much stockier than other large cats
and his size makes him perfect for hunting in dense underbrush. Their
coloring is orange with black spots, called rosettes. This pattern
often looks like sunlight shining through the leaves and dappling the
ground. Even the rare black jaguar’s rosettes are visible in bright
God made very special whiskers for jaguars, just as He did for all
cats. These whiskers are called vibrissae. At the base of the
vibrissae are many sensitive nerves that tell the jaguar about his
surroundings. The vibrissae even tell the jaguar where to bite his
prey to kill it quickly.
Jaguars have binocular eyesight much like humans. That means both eyes
focus together, giving jaguars amazing depth perception. God made most
prey animals such as birds and lizards with eyes on either side of
their head so they have a wider range of vision to watch for
predators. Predators generally have eyes on the front of their head so
they can focus on one thing.
Cats tend to be more active at night and the jaguar is no exception.
They also have especially good night vision. During the day, the
pupil of a cat’s eye is small, but at night it widens to let in more
light. God created the jaguar with a unique cellular structure that
allows the retina to receive the light twice. This structure is a
mirror-like layer of cells called the tapetum. The tapetum. The
tapetum situated behind the retina and as the light comes through the
retina, it is reflected off the tapetum and back through the retina,
allowing the jaguar to see double light.
In a sunny glade near the jungle, a mother jaguar watches her two
cubs. They are less the one month old and are only about 18 inches
long. Tumbling around and batting each other playfully, the cubs
establish a relationship that will last even after they have left
their mother- for a few months, anyway! Like all siblings, the cubs
will have their disagreements and several months after they have left
their mother, they will split up and leave each other to establish
their territories. But for now, the cubs have a lot to learn. They
will leave their mother when they’re about 2 years old and in the
meantime they must learn to hunt and survive without her.
Far away in his den a jaguar lies down to sleep after finishing his
armadillo. He might rise again to hunt after darkness has fallen over
the jungle, but for now, he sleeps. God has created all animals, all
plants, and all of everything around you would not be possible without
God. His most wonderful creation was us and more than 2,000 years ago
He loved us and gave himself for us although we did not and do not
deserve His perfect love.