These beautiful cats get their name from the cloud-shaped spots on their coat. And like clouds, you’ll usually find these cats above the ground—in trees!
Clouded leopards are the best climbers of all cats. They can go down a tree trunk head first, like a squirrel. They are even able to crawl upside down along the bottom of tree branches.
The cat’s big paws have sharp clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. that help it hang on. And the cat’s rear ankle joints are so flexible they can turn the feet backwards.
When a clouded leopard spots its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. on the forest floorThe ground layer of a rain forest., it leaps down on it from above.
These cats also hunt on the ground, like the leopards and tigers that share their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows.. But clouded leopards often hunt at night, when the other cats are resting.