Perhaps we do not know much about the life of the strange Beast of Exmoor, but we do know a lot about the other big cats in the world.
There are eight species of big cats: The lion, tiger, jaguar, leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, puma, and cheetah. All of them are carnivores, (meat- eaters). They all hunt in different ways, but there are 2 main ways that big cat catch their prey.
The first way of catching their prey is to chase (run after) the prey. Of course, to do this kind of hunting well, an animal has to be able to move very fast. The lion and the cheetah hunt in this way. In the lion pride the femalelions do most of the hunting, and often work together in groups. The cheetah is the fastest of the big cats, and can run at speeds of 112 kilometres an hour. It usually hunts alone, and catches its prey after a short but vey fast chase.
Other big cats ambush their prey. This means that they hide and wait before jumping out on their prey and killing it. Tigers, jaguars, pumas,hs and leopards usually hunt in this way.
The colours and markings on a big cat´s coat are very important because they act as a kind of camouflage. This means that the colours are the same as the area behind them, and it is difficult for other animals to see them. This camouflage helps the caqts to hide in the trees and long grass when they are hunting. the tiger has a striped orange and black coat. This makes it difficult to see in the long grasses of its home. The Jaguar , cheetah, and leopardshave spots.Lions and pumas have plain coats (only one colour), but when they are young, their cubs have spots. The spots make them difficult to see. This is very important as it helps to camouflage them and to protect them from other bigger (and more dangerous) animals.