Lions, Tigers, and Cheetahs, Oh My: Big Cats in Trees

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Most cats like climbing trees -- as any fireman who's rescued a kitten can tell you -- but it isn't just your favorite domestic felines that use their claws to scale the bark: Their much larger cousins, like jaguars, cheetahs, lions, and tigers, also have a penchant for heights.

These endangered big cats use trees for napping, stalking prey, or eating without fending off rival scavengers, and although this baby lion cub can't quite reach the top of his tree yet, others have perfected their climbing skills.

Photo via Abundance Secrets