Progress and Worry (03:07)
Since five days old, jaguar cub Maya has been hand raised by Giles Clark and family. At seven weeks, she is confident despite concerning mobility issues, suspected to be caused by vision and neurological problems.
Developing Alone (05:18)
Maya accompanies Clark at the Big Cat Sanctuary; he aspires to make it an international center for conservation support. He observes her movements while she navigates a climbing course; in the wild, other cats would teach her coordination and confidence.
Water Therapy (04:36)
Clark takes Maya to hydrotherapy to treat balance and coordination problems. Her back legs to do not paddle correctly, but then adjust; results are optimistic. Jaguars are strong swimmers, often hunting aquatic prey.
Daily Routine (04:38)
Eight week Maya grows larger, more agile, and confident. She learns survival skills through mischievous play. She still struggles with taking bowel movements; Clark and family assist her, and then give her a bath.
Emotional Tests (04:46)
Clark worries about Maya's eyesight; her coordination development is slow. At the sanctuary, he assesses her balance and vision. His frets are relieved by her response to moving light reflection.
Appetite and Destruction (03:59)
At nine weeks, Maya's carnassial teeth push through; Clark changes her diet, feeding her fresh meat. Jaguars have the strongest bite in the cat family; adults consume a quarter of their body weight in one meal.
Jaguar siblings teach each other survival and social skills. At 10 weeks, Maya is introduced to a Labrador; she is apprehensive, but they become friends and learn boundaries. Clark resolves to continue their play dates.
Conservation Efforts (11:31)
Clark raises money to help jaguar preservation in Central America; he goes to Costa Rica, where vital migration corridors are narrowing. He and a National University researcher inspect poacher sabotaged surveillance cameras.
Cause Contributions (05:12)
Clark checks on Maya's progress; she is still clumsy, but her vision is good. Before leaving Costa Rica, he donates camera traps to the National University's Jaguar program. He returns home, and she enthusiastically greets him.
Credits: Big Cats About The House: Episode Two (00:31)
Credits: Big Cats About The House: Episode Two
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