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Welcome to a famous stallion that has hit the big time via social media.

“Real-life Black Beauty”, “Storybook Stallion”, or “Fabio of Horses” are just some of the flattering nicknames people use when referring to Frederick the Great, a 16-year-old Friesian stallion and proud holder of the unofficial title of “world’s most beautiful horse”.

Born in the Netherlands, Frederick was imported into the United States by Stacy Nazario, owner of Pinnacle Fiesians, a horse farm in Arkansas, when he was 6 years old. 

Nazario said that she knew there was something special about him the first time she saw him, and her instincts proved correct, as Frederick grew into a magnificent specimen that has been known to make humans jealous of his looks.

 Photos of Frederick the Great went viral last summer, after being shared thousands of times on various social media platforms. People just couldn’t believe how gorgeous he looked, with his muscular body, shiny coat and a flowing black mane that seemed to dance in the wind, and some were convinced that he was by far the most beautiful horse on the planet. That’s how he got his titles of “world’s most handsome stallion” and “world’s most beautiful horse”.

But while 2016 may have been Frederick’s breakout year, Stacy Nazario says that her beautiful Friesian has had a loyal following for many years. “He’s always been popular with his fanbase,” she told The Guardian, last year. “Before this, his videos and his photographs have been all over. He’s got fans from all over the world.”

According to his owner, Frederick is quite aware of his good looks, and loves nothing more than to be the center of attention during dressage competitions.

But despite being compared to the equine version of a hot-blooded hunk, Frederick the Great is apparently a very gentle giant, with a mellow personality. “His temperament is sweet. I could put a baby right next to him and he would just be gentle with it. He’s a gentle giant,” Stacy Nazario said. “He’s that gentle and sweet of a horse, which is ingrained in his personality that will not change.”

Clancy's comment: Wow, pretty stunning creature, eh?

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Welcome to a creature I had never heard of before today. The jaguarundi or eyra cat is a small wild cat native to southern North America and South America. It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2002. Its presence in Uruguay is uncertain.

  • The Jaguarundi is a very unusual cat, with a long slender body, shorter legs and a small flattened head with short rounded ears, and the cat is often described as having a weasel-like appearance.
  • Sometimes referred to as the ‘otter-cat’, the Jaguarundi is closely related to the puma.
  • One of the smaller New World cat species, they are about twice the size of a small house cat. Jaguarundis are unusual as they do not have spots, unlike most other South American small cats.
  • Jaguarundis are very elusive animals and there is still a lot to be learnt about the cats.
  • Population numbers of the Jaguarundi are much less than once thought. Their shy nature makes it even more difficult to estimate their current population size.
  • They have some of the most variable colourations of wildcats with two main groups: a dark morph which ranges from black, brownish and greys and a paler red morph ranging from tawny yellow to a bright chestnut red.
  • For many years, it was thought the two morphs were separate species but it is now known both colours can occur from the same litter.
  • Generally, it seems the darker morph is more common in rainforest habitats and the paler morph in drier environments.
  • Different from many cats, the Jaguarundi tends to be most active during daytime rather than dawn or dusk.
  • Jaguarundis are very vocal cats, with at least 13 distinct calls, ranging from a chirp, purr, whistle or even a scream.
  •  Choosing to spend more time on the ground than many other big cat species, the Jaguarundi tends to hunt small mammals, birds and reptiles from the ground. They have been seen jumping as high as 2 metres off the ground to swipe a bird from the air!
  • Jaguarundis have very large home ranges, some males were recorded as having a range from 88-100km2! Females tend to have much smaller ranges – varying from 13-20km2.
  • The Texan population of Jaguarundi may now only consist of a few remaining cats with habitat loss having caused an overall population decline.
  • In parts of North America there have been some reintroduction efforts but these are hindered by the lack of scientific knowledge about the animal, their needs and behaviours.
  • The breeding behaviour is not well known; scientists are unsure whether Jaguarundis raise cubs alone or as a pair. Females will have between 1-4 young which will remain in the den for around 28 days.
  • The Jaguarundi are not hunted for their fur but will often still be caught in traps set for other animals such as the ocelot.

 Quick Facts

  • Type: Mammal
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Life span: 15 years
  • Size: Length
  • Weight: 3 – 9kgs (10-20lbs)
  • Habitat: Rainforest, swamp, savanna, savanna woodland, thickets and semi-arid thorn scrub
  • Range: Southern Texas to central Argentina
  • Scientific name: Puma yagouaroundi

Clancy's comment:  They look very similar to a domestic cat, but I bet they can pack a mean punch.

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