snow leopard scat

Proving yet again that I am the go-to writer for all your poop news needs, I wrote a brief item that appeared on ScienceNOW yesterday about studying snow leopard diet through DNA analysis of their feces.

The study found that snow leopards eat mostly ungulates, which was no surprise. But the researchers also found the remains of one solitary chukar partridge. If you would like to live like that adventurous bird-eating snow leopard, here’s a University of California extension document on raising chukar partridges. Like snow leopards, chukar partridges are native to Eurasia, but unlike snow leopards, they have been introduced to the western U.S.

Illustration: “The Cat: An introduction to the study of backboned animals” by St. George Mivart, 1881

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