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Fight for Survival of Americas’ Largest Feline Amid Record Fires in Pantanal Wetlands

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last Friday afternoon, September 11th, a Brazilian Navy helicopter took off with an unusual passenger: a jaguar. During the air transport, the scared eyes of the animal, rescued in the Pantanal, in no way resembled the fearless feline that used to approach the boats, a feature that made it known in the region as 'Ousado' (Bold).

Hours before boarding the helicopter, the animal had been located by a team of volunteers assisting in the rescue of animals in the Pantanal, which is experiencing its worst period of patch burning in recent decades.

'Bold' was prostrate in . . .

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