Intraspecific killing of a male ocelot
Raw data on the social behavior of secretive felids is often scant. A freshly killed ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) corpse was found at Brownsberg Nature Park, Suriname. The specimen incurred damage to the neck, skull, upper vertebrae, and scapula. These injuries are consistent with the hypothesis that it was killed by a conspecific, most likely during a male-male interaction. This paper reviews the physical damage and the possible social scenarios that may have caused these injuries. While isolated, this incident can provide insight to a rarely seen behavior of a traditionally difficult to observe species.
KeywordsLeopardus pardalis Mortality Social Behavior Suriname
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