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Can Ocelots Purr? — 2 Comments

  1. I just listened to it again to be sure and I do note there is a vibrato that, if graphed would probably resemble a purr (which I’ve read is the same frequency as a diesel engine), and maybe I’ll research that. I’d stipulate that while the force of the air is probably affected by the throat lining in the same way a purring cat’s does, but I think the ocelots’ sound is created through the vocal chords… that’s what’s tripping us up. So I think it’s a combination of the two. Not a true purr, but accomplished a little differently. Again it seems to me it’s only upon breathing out.

  2. You’re right Michael, it’s a growl/mur-mure/humm sort of sound, not a purr for a reason that I think will settle it… it’s made only while breathing out. How I can tell I can’t say, but purring is made both by that AND while breathing in. Vocal chords can’t make that sort of sound while breathing in that’s for sure, and it’s been determined that purring isn’t made with the vocal chords.
    And what the handler is doing is what humans tend to do when they know the camera is rolling (and I try to catch myself from doing it) and that’s to be too eager to make the animal respond for the camera. They over-handle the cat – which usually has the opposite effect and annoys more than anything. This ocelot is WAY more patient with her than I would be… I couldn’t watch the whole clip I’m so annoyed!

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