A newborn margay was recently rescued from a forest fire, and is alive, and cute. ARCAS, a wildlife rescue in Guatemala, saved the jungle cat earlier this month when he was only a week old.

 “He was rescued from a raging forest fire,” Arcas wrote in the post on Facebook. “His mother was severely injured and sadly nowhere to be found.” Margays are small wild cats that weigh from 9 to 20 pounds, and live in forests in Mexico and some of south America. (Source)

The margay (Leopardus wiedii) is a small cat native to Central and South America that is listed as near threatened by the IUCN since 2008 because remaining populations are thought to be declining due to loss of habitat following conversion of forests.

In his first description, Schinz named the margay Felis wiedii in honour of Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied who collected specimens in Brazil.

The margay is a solitary and nocturnal cat. It lives foremost in primary evergreen and deciduous forest. Until the 1990s margays were hunted illegally for the wildlife trade, which resulted in a large population decrease.

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Adult Margay

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