I started thinking it might be fun to do a jellyfish for today’s doodlewash, but then realized they don’t really have expressive eyes (all four of them), so we ended up with a baby jaguar instead. I feel like eyes are the best part of drawing living things so I’m partial to creatures with very visible and defined ones. I found it interesting that jaguars are born with their eyes and ears sealed shut, but I couldn’t find the reason why. I imagine it’s just a much gentler way to enter this crazy world than we humans had to endure.
After just six months, little jaguars are taught how to hunt and after their second birthday, they’ll leave their folks to live on their own. Talk about a low maintenance kid! But this little guy will become a big predator when he grows up and will eat pretty much anything with a pulse, including fish by using his tail as a lure. There are no natural predators for jaguars, but there are unnatural ones in the form of humans, who hunt them for sport and destroy their rain forests, placing them as “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List.
This is sad because in the wild, the jaguar is pretty much a badass with stronger jaws than any other species of cat. Even their name is badass as it comes from the Native American word “yajuar” meaning “he who kills with one leap.” I wouldn’t want to run into this guy when he gets a bit older, but right now he’s just pleasantly cute. Also, I hope you’re enjoying these little fun facts as I simply don’t have personal stories for most of these creatures. I guess if I’d grown up in a zoo I might have, but that sadly didn’t happen, contrary to the rumors. Next up is “K” so cast your votes in the comments if there’s something you’d like to see next!
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham watercolors: Quinacrodine Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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