Despite cats having a reputation for disliking water, a jaguar has become an online sensation after over four million people were impressed. The jaguar made swimming look effortless as it swam to the bottom of a tank at a zoo for its supper – barely rising above the surface to breathe for more than a few seconds.
In the clip, the majestic animal dives into the water, attempting to capture food between its two powerful paws. Showing it was just as at home in the water as it is on land, the impressive creature barely took in any air as it continued to search through the tank for a morsel of food. I knew they could swim but did not know they could hold their breath that long under water. The third largest feline species after tigers and lions, jaguars are native to the Americas and can be found as far north as the United States and as far south as Argentina.
Vince Pinto, who uploaded the video to YouTube, share the same sentiments: “I had no idea that a Jaguar could remain underwater for so long.” It is not clear where the footage was taken.