Records dating back to 1900 note three sets of twins with a puma father and leopard mother born at Hagenbeck Hamburg Tierpark.

The idea was first suggested to Hagenbeck by an unnamed (small) English menagerie. Several cubs were born, but only one survived for any length of time, that being pictured on this page.

Like most hybrids the pumapards displayed characteristics of both parents in their coat pattern and toning.

Pale leopard spots showed on a ground colour close to that of the puma. The cats had long tails, were half the size of their parents, and showed a tendency towards miniaturisation. Hagenbeck stated there was nothing particularly noteworthy about them.

When it died the pelt was stuffed and mounted, then placed on display at the Rothschild's Museum at Tring.

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