Leopard, the smartest cat

  Although neither as large nor as fierce as the tiger, the leopard has adapted well to the encroaching civilization of man. Though they are primarily at home in the rain forest, which best suits their nocturnal and arboreal habits, leopards also live in drier, more open country throughout Southeast Asia. There they are in close contact with farms and villages, and seem to prefer to prey on man's domestic animals, like the cow whose neck this leopard has broken. rather than on monkeys, deer and piglets of the forest. Once they have made a kill, they may return to it two or three nights in succession, dragging the carcass from one hiding place to another.