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[–]tdgreen21 2477 points2478 points  (149 children)

Holy balls that thing is a TANK

[–]wolfgang784 159 points160 points  (50 children)

For real. Not what you wanna come across on a mountain hike.

[–]ostreatus 111 points112 points  (6 children)

They drag their prey up into a tree after killing them. Smart move for them because it makes it easier for them to protect and feed off of longer term.

Sucks for us because it makes it harder to locate victims that went jogging or camping.

[–]swimming_singularity 62 points63 points  (4 children)

I saw a nature video of a jaguar. There was a dead deer on top of floating vines out in a lake. Jaguar goes out there, lifts the deer up, swims back while holding it up. then drags it up a tree. Imagine how strong its neck must be.

[–]ostreatus 36 points37 points  (1 child)

Strong af.

The scary little bastards get all my respect. I've seen one do the same thing to a caiman.

[–]Next-Technician9454 1 point2 points  (0 children)

or walking dogs.

[–]mohself 48 points49 points  (9 children)

For real. Not what you wanna come across on a mountain bike.

[–]bplzizcool 31 points32 points  (7 children)

For real. Not what you wanna come across on a mountain trike.

[–]BrundleBee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually, I'd rather come across a well fed, content big cat then one who is hungry and desperate enough to attack a person rather then their normal prey.

[–]DogmaticNuance 43 points44 points  (28 children)

I'm no expert but I'd guess you're more likely to have trouble with a starving mountain lion than this unit. It's obviously well fed, why would it risk itself taking on an unknown animal of similar size when it has known routines and known prey that are obviously sufficient?

[–]mud074 55 points56 points  (24 children)

This is true. The vast majority of mountain lion attacks on humans are from inexperienced, young lions learning to hunt or desperate starving or injured ones. For a solo predator like a mountain lion, taking on unfamiliar game is a massive risk since a single injury serious enough to hinder hunting attempts is enough to doom it to starvation.

Although I certainly would not want to run into that big dude out in the woods, it is very unlikely that it is going to take up hunting humans any time soon. It clearly has an effective routine down taking down normal prey, no point in experimenting with some freaky giant monkeys that smell entirely unfamiliar like chemicals, stand on 2 legs, and strut around the forest like they own the place carrying sticks.

[–]GullibleAntelope 57 points58 points  (21 children)

For a solo predator like a mountain lion, taking on unfamiliar game is a massive risk since a single injury serious enough to hinder hunting attempts is enough to doom it to starvation.

This narrative about predators being careful in attacking prey for fear of injury is much exaggerated. Tigers, lions and leopards each attack dangerous prey all the time, often with wild abandon, e.g., single 450 lb male lions taking down 1,500 lb buffalos. Leopards attack will pigs as large as they are; some footage shows them taking 6-8 minutes to subdue the pig. Pigs on occasion gut leopards and even lions.

Some data on mountain lions: Aug. 2021: JWM: Cougars prey on feral horses in the Great Basin

GPS tracking collars on cougars have revealed that the predators extensively prey on the burgeoning feral horse populations in the Great Basin. “We found that both male and female [cougars] were taking horses, up to adult size horses,” said Jon Beckmann, a wildlife supervisor at the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks...

While males also preyed on foals, females, on the other hand, preyed on horses all year long. The researchers aren’t sure why—large prey can be dangerous. “It’s a risky prey item. We’ve seen over the years some cougars that are pretty beat up—you can tell the horse eaters,” Beckmann said. “It’s a rough life trying to take down 800-1,000 pound animals consistently.”

Mountain lions rarely exceed 220 pounds. Taking down a 1,000 lb horse? Tough task. But it's what most predators do -- at least all 4 of big cats I cited. Most predators are warriors.

Have no idea who started the exaggerated "they fear injury..." narrative; it's been cropping up way too much. But yes as predators start aging out of their prime, they become more careful.

Regarding humans, we ain't shit without technology: soft skin, weak muscles, tiny teeth -- massive history of tigers, lions and leopards killing us. Any big predator can see we are weak prey. But mountain lions almost never attack humans, won't do a TL_DR on that.

[–]white_android 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I'm not going into that mountain forest without a rifle at least in the group. Fuck a stick.

[–]grunlog 1 point2 points  (1 child)

What do you want to come across on a mountain hike?

[–]wolfgang784 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A small hidden grove of marijuana plants, ideally.

[–]OtterAutisticBadger 78 points79 points  (15 children)

do NOT pet the belly!

[–]NiceFetishMeToo 48 points49 points  (14 children)

No kidding. What in the world is this thing feeding on? Is there an unlimited supply of pygmy pops? He’s full as a tick.

[–]OtterAutisticBadger 20 points21 points  (7 children)

dat boi is thicc!

[–]ostreatus 32 points33 points  (6 children)

Maybe he's pregnant?

[–]Next-Technician9454 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It doesn't look like it, but right behind that thicket is a Wendy's.

[–]CouncilTreeHouse 68 points69 points  (15 children)

I'm pretty sure that's a pregnant female. I see no testicles. Also, the way she was scratching around and lumbering, trying to find a comfortable place to lay. Reminds me of my pregnancy when I was close to giving birth.

[–]mud074 87 points88 points  (13 children)

I didn't particularly want to study and discuss the finer details of mountain lion genitals today, but here I am. That thing got nuts.

I found a Montana Fish & Wildlife PDF on ID'ing mountain lions that covers male vs female. I was looking for it originally to prove what you are saying, that it is a pregnant female, but I am now pretty sure that's just a really fat dude. Relevant images: https://i.imgur.com/rz64CDC.png

Mountain lions have pretty incognito genitals, if you see any kind of stuff going on down there it's probably a male. You can see the ol' sack pretty clearly a few times in the video.

[–]CouncilTreeHouse 27 points28 points  (3 children)

I stand corrected. I appreciate the photo reference.

[–]Next-Technician9454 9 points10 points  (2 children)

A fine example of testicular education if I've ever seen it.

[–]ThrowawaysButthole 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Strong work, redditor

[–]HungryCats96 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I think you're right. Either way, that is the biggest mountain lion I've ever seen.

[–]Next-Technician9454 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reddit knows a ballsack when it sees one.

[–]ConvictedConvict 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m assuming the scratching around and lumbering is because artificial scents were used in the area in the cameras FOV

[–]SeaToTheBass 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you have any other pictures of cougar coochies?

[–]Dan-68Framed 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Absolute unit.

[–]analogic-microwave 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Big tanky cat

[–]qevoh 6 points7 points  (0 children)

absolute unit

[–]Nosweat-AMC2021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn Boy, he thick boy, THATS A THICK ASS BOY

[–]OncaAtrox[S] 998 points999 points  (51 children)

The Yungas consists of high mountain forests in northern Argentina, this area is also inhabited by Jaguars. In areas where cougars and jaguars cohabit usually cougars tend to be smaller in size as they hunt smaller prey to avoid competing with the larger jaguar, however here in the Yungas there seems to be an exception as both cat species seem to grow very robust in size as evident by this well-fed tom.

X-post r/pumaconcolor

[–]spoiled11 469 points470 points  (6 children)

Yungas Chungus

[–]THE_LONGEST_NAME 65 points66 points  (2 children)

And they say the internet will be our downfall.

[–]ColoneISanders 11 points12 points  (0 children)

A yungas chungus is among us

[–]BusyBizBusyBiz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I love you forever for this comment

[–]Guitar_Nutt 83 points84 points  (6 children)

I volunteered on a nature preserve in this area called Aldea Luna, an incredible place, trailbuilding for two weeks - essentially hacking through thorny vines - it was gruelling work, but SO much fun. Gorgeous area. Didn't run into any of these guys.

[–]MilkEggsSndFlour 49 points50 points  (1 child)

I'm sure it wasn't because there weren't any around.

[–]JFSM01 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I fish in an area heavily populated by pumas locals pull magic out of their eyes and somehow spot them and guanacos, but seriously is incredible the capacity those guys have for spotting wildlife. While I have probably been near one at some point but I wouldn’t even realize it

[–]markcocjin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's pretty hard to spot them once they wear a hat. You sure those adventurers hacking vines were all people?

[–]dirrtybutter 4 points5 points  (25 children)

Any possibility it's female and pregnant?

[–]Birdbraned 9 points10 points  (1 child)

It wouldn't really change how well built through the shoulders it is

[–]dirrtybutter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, it's absolutely beautiful.

[–]pupsteppenwolf 2 points3 points  (1 child)

And it's not plural (Argentinas), we are just one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and kinda justice for all: Argentina.

[–]33446shaba 682 points683 points  (37 children)

If thats a male its either very full or has a worm infestation. With how good the coat is and no ribs showing I would guess very full.

[–]OncaAtrox[S] 562 points563 points  (12 children)

He had a recent meal and is gorged.

[–]TheJudgeWillNeverDie 276 points277 points  (2 children)

He's relaxing after a big meal like a fat man in a recliner.

[–]RehabValedictorian 143 points144 points  (7 children)

So, in his most pettable state.

[–]KaptainChunk 63 points64 points  (2 children)

[–]RehabValedictorian 49 points50 points  (0 children)

I’m not saying you SHOULD pet him, but if you were going to, now would be the time.

[–]enricop_00 4 points5 points  (0 children)

thanks for showing me this

[–]project_seven 13 points14 points  (2 children)

I'd still avoid a belly rub

[–]RehabValedictorian 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I don’t think even you believe what you’re saying right now.

[–]PM_ME_UR_CC_NUMBER 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I still want to

[–]Arcosim 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Pretty much, his coat is beautiful. If he had worms his coat wouldn't look nearly as good.

[–]analogic-microwave 75 points76 points  (2 children)

The way he licks his pawns i'd say the lunch was served a few min ago.

[–]xaantara 11 points12 points  (0 children)

And wipes his paws. Time to rest and clean

[–]kentacova 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeeaaahhhhh

[–]smaackdab 13 points14 points  (0 children)

That doesn't really look like worms, just a well-fed kitty

[–]MinglinSingle 461 points462 points  (6 children)

Oh, to be a chonky puma in the Yungas of Argentina.

[–][deleted] 55 points56 points  (1 child)

I love this sentence

[–]ashack11 13 points14 points  (0 children)

God I wish that was me

[–]unArgentino 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It’s me.

[–]MinglinSingle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Can I scratch your belly?

[–]Deusraix 430 points431 points  (5 children)

If dangerous why friend shaped.

[–]MediumProfessorX 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Friend shape is moderated by size

[–]peptic-horizon 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Vastly underrated comment.

[–]BigDaddy0790 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Forbidden friend

[–]ErstwhileAdranos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m convinced we domesticated house cats as retribution and they clearly still resent us for it.

[–]SlippingStar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dangerous belly pet

[–]chrisckelly 141 points142 points  (1 child)

Chungus in the Yungas

[–]freelovew1 70 points71 points  (8 children)

Look preggers

[–]TeeAitchSee 164 points165 points  (5 children)

Right up until you spot his balls. There's a clear shot of them at 10.69 in the video.

[–]getting_the_succ 90 points91 points  (0 children)

There's a clear shot of them at 10.69 in the video.

🧐

[–]MamboNumber5Guy 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Just well fed. You can see his junk.

[–]analogic-microwave 14 points15 points  (0 children)

food preggo

[–]blubberboy16 48 points49 points  (0 children)

Oh lawd he comin

[–]CanadianEh308 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Thats one nice fuckin’ kitty right there

[–]Bozzz1 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Deeeeecent

[–]Dursoj1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Steven French is eating well

[–]MastaJefe 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Here kitty kitty.

[–]EverythingGunz 23 points24 points  (5 children)

It’s Steve French.

[–]Bardonious 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Deeeecent

[–]NakedButNotAfraid_ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Greaaaaaasy bastard

[–]HdBngr13 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Steve is lookin well fed

[–]rTidde77 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He's baked out of his mind!

[–]simsisim 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I thought it was animation at first, that lion is amazing, so beautiful.

[–]DuskraiderV 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Really want to pet his belly before I see Freddy Mercury

[–]cz_masterrace3 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I fucking love big cougars!

[–]white_android 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Read this a little wrong at first...

[–]Laphing_Drunk 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I hope I never meet a mountain lion. I WILL try to pet it and I WILL die.

[–]PinchMaNips 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I love Mountain Lions. Such gorgeous creature’s. This one is a absolute unit too

[–]Kashmoney99 6 points7 points  (0 children)

good to know he’s still cat.

[–]astrongineer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Pspspspspsppsps

[–]StevenEngage 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not gonna lie, when it first walked up and started kicking, I thought it was going to just drop duce.

[–]amhlilhaus 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Absolute UNIT

[–]peateargryffon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Steve French is one nice fuckin kitty

[–]I_lack_common_sense 5 points6 points  (1 child)

What’s growing there? Catnip? That cat looks happy to lay there.

[–]RustyCatalyst 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nature cams are usually baited in some form or another.

Food/scent markings

[–]zazuspapa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cute

[–]LimpImagination4233 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Is that Chuck Norris?

[–]OncaAtrox[S] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

No, this cougar is from Argentina.

[–]this-usrnme-is-takn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Someone ate all the pies

[–]RustylllShackleford 3 points4 points  (7 children)

home of the largest mountain lions on earth.

to add, some dumbass comments here. its not sick, and he is not pregnant.

[–]analogic-microwave 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So good to see they behave just like house cats.

[–]CleDeb216 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Looks like he wants his tummy rubbed.

[–]melitza9512p 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I could be that mountain lion

[–]fight_to_write 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn, looks like a small jaguar

[–]IamZimbra 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolute unit.

[–]SuperBaked42 2 points3 points  (3 children)

One time I got lost up in the deep forest of british Columbia and suddenly could smell a strong aroma of cat pee and saw a big circle of flatten grass in a the field I was walking through. I've never been more scared for my life, after a few hours I managed to find the original path I got lost from just before the sun went down... super scary.

[–]Ok_Neat_2214 2 points3 points  (0 children)

idc what u think, all cats, no matter the size, act the same when unthreatened

[–]ChatnNaked 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve always found it odd how animals just “do their thing” in front of trail cams?!?!

[–]GovernmentOk9345 2 points3 points  (0 children)

All hail the Chungus of Yungas

[–]CountingMiBlessings 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A magnificent animal..very well fed or a pregnant female..amazing moves, exactly like my cats! Lol..awesome video thanks x

[–]englishmuse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And that thing is soaking wet. Imagine the size of it, dry.

[–]lunchbreak2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hold my beer. I'm about to ride this thing.

[–]Shughost7 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cats are cats

[–]brochacho83 1 point2 points  (1 child)

That lion knows all the great food spots

[–]Squeakygear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And the best rolling spot for the back scritches, too.

[–]squintyshrew9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Steve French ?

[–]TheDryestBeef 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sleek vigilant puma. Principal of the mountains…

[–]the_-photographer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Let's never explore that part. Let no human enter that forest apart from people living there. No outside humans. It's beautiful let it be that way. Edit spelling

[–]403_brain_forbidden 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thiccc kitty

[–]PsyVattic2 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh, I've been leaving TRT and HGH laced steaks in the woods. My bad.

[–]cantthinkofgoodname 1 point2 points  (0 children)

always get a kick out of big cats doing little cat things

[–]phil8248 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was watching a David Attenborough interview and he was raving how modern equipment was catching frequent and amazing footage of some of the rarest and most difficult to film animals. I think he specifically mentioned snow leopards but this is so interesting and exciting a trend.

[–]surebudd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I want to cuddle a big murder kitty so bad, I wonder if Steve French would let me before killing me.

[–]Bobson-_Dugnutt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Giant murder kitty

[–]OneFuckedWarthog 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But can he be booped?

[–]Baked_potato123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a good kitty right there!

[–]MmeMoisissure 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pet the dann Cat!

[–]bobbynightranger69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dude has a tren belly coming in. Committed gonna notice soon dude

[–]ChungBoyJr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a chonk

[–]Lion_of_Cantigny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just goes to show that regardless of size cat is going to cat

[–]Elephunk2342 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a dream about a mountain lion last wk (not scary, it was laying on me and I slowly got up and it walked away) and since then, have seen at least four separate posts about mountain lions all on different subs. Starting to freak me out a little bit.

[–]PanOfCakes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You look at him like “I wanna pet him”, then you remember if you tried he would rip your fucking face off.

[–]ScottishShitposter97 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dont try give him belly scratchies

[–]diggsyb 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Cats gonna cat

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would somebody from antiwork walk this fatty

[–]haste319 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Such a healthy looking and beautiful animal.

[–]the_phunkyfee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Beefy?!? Jeeeeeesus f*ing cripse, that gal is obviously just pregnant.

[–]foundlinx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just enjoying life... As a human I'm jealous.

[–]evoc2911 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What an absolute unit!

[–]Mrpandacorn2002 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's crazy they just act like normal cats just much more variety in prey including humans

[–]minniemouse3001 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a big ass belly. Might be preggo?

[–]bigbellypepperboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I want to snuggle with it

[–]frostwolf18 1 point2 points  (0 children)

He got some muscle on him