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15 amazing camouflaged animals

By: Russell McLendon on Sept. 22, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
Jaguar in leaves

Photo: Bex Ross/Flickr

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This jaguar may be at a zoo in the U.K., but not even England is immune to its versatile fur. Like many cats, jaguars have evolved vague, spotty patterns that blend into a variety of backgrounds, including some far from home.

Jaguars are the only true big cat native to the Americas, a world apart from the other three Panthera species: lions, tigers and leopards, all Old World cats. But while jaguars' spots help them hide from some zoo-goers, they haven't helped the species escape people in general — once widespread across North and South America, jaguars are now restricted to the latter, plus some Central American holdouts and possibly a few in Mexico. The last known U.S. jaguar died in 2009.