Meow and purr

Did you know that lions and tigers can’t purr, but cougars can?
Now you do!

According to National Wildlife magazine:

In big cats – lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars – a length of tough cartilage runs up the hyoid bones to the skull. This feature prevents purring but also gives the larynx enough flexibility to produce a full-throated roar – 114 decibels’ worth in the case of one lion tested.

Only the smaller cats – not just house cats, but also bobcats, ocelots, lynxes and others – have what it takes to purr. The relevant apparatus is a tightly connected linkage of delicate bones running from the back of the feline tongue up to the base of the skull.

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I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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