And not so much my favorite animal (well, favorite BIG cat I should say) - the tiger.
Favorite animal are the mighty GRIZZLY and the tiger both!
Jaguars and leopards too - I love 'em, especially the former, and more on that later.
Cheetahs for some reason I never took a fancy to. Many bestselling authors have though - most notably James Hadley Chase who wrote the classic book "The Vulture is a patient bird" about a madman recluse deep in South Africa (the jungle) - and a diamond that a group of city slickers along with a gorgeous dame attempt to retrieve.
The Jewel of Borgia, or something it was. A jewel into which you could insert poison and then twist, and within 12 hours the person would die.
Or pass, on, whichever.
But the madman in the book had a cheetah right next to him - and this seems to have been copied by many a Bollywood potboiler too, where the baddies for whatever reason seem to love cheetahs.
Dont get me wrong.
It's a bad ass, sure. It can run like the wind!
And I could have put the cheetah on the cover of the book and made a ton more sale sthan I do now, but I WON'T.
Well, first a bit on the much over hyped in my opinion LION.
My buddy Vincent and me have an ongoing argument about who would win between a tiger and a lion.
I say a tiger any day of the week.
He used to say that too, but he saw a match in Thailand or someplace where the tiger got it's butt kicked, but that was just one match, I keep telling him.
Tigers are the KING of the jungle in my opinion, lions a distance second - and the male lions are downright LAZY, I'd say.
They don't even live int he jungle!
All looks and no "roar" (against the tiger that is, of course!).
But anyway, I still remember a visit to the zoo back in the day.
Mr White Tiger was sleepily staring at visitors through the enclosure.
(but dont be fooled - a madman jumped into the enclosure, and he was a goner almost instantly - true story in India).
Mr. Lion was a huge male lion literally snoring after a massive meal I'd imagine. And he was least bothered or interested by the visitors gaggling at him.
But the jaguar.
Locked up in a steel cage for whatever reason, and I felt for this magnificent BEAST !!
The tiger is the KING.
The lion is proably the laziest.
The Jaguar though my friend is just a MEAN mean cat - and you can see it in its eyes!
Even BABY Jaguars look like they're ready to pounce and do what they do best - KILL!
The tiger has a spiritual look to it.
The jaguar - nothing doing!
That damn thign roared at me through the cage, and I felt awe and a CHILL (in a good way) go up my spine.
NOW THATS what I BE TALKING ABOUT!
The real deal!
And jaguars, my friend, are probably the perfect example of strength, speed and stealth in a small(er) package - not to mention I believe they have the strongest bite force amongst the big cats ...
And the speed ... the DEMON SPEED!
I dont know.
But the "mean come GET IT!" vibe I get off those lovely jaguars is in part what caused me to name it after these royal beasts.
And that, my frind is that.
Train like a cat and do the uphill sprints - and YOU too will understand what it means like to be SUPREMELY fit - and feeling like a WILD CAT ready to pounce all day long!
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