Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 53 – Puma

Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!

(Today’s post is sponsored by the letter “M”)


Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.

And what better way to start your week, then by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?

So let’s get started this week by talking about one of our fellow species of the animal family, the puma.


In the fifty third episode of The Simpsons, Separate Vocation (Season 03, Episode 18), the students of Springfield Elementary take the Career Aptitude Normalization Test, or CANT test. Lisa finds out she is suited to be a homemaker, while Bart is more suited to be a police officer.

This throws the dynamics of both kids for a loop, as Bart decides to become a hall monitor after going on a police ride along. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes a rebel and starts creating problems around the school. Her pranks include vandalizing Principal Skinners precious school mascot puma statue.

But have you ever wondered what pumas are?



Pumas are species of mammals that belong to the cat family and are native to the Americas. Pumas can be found as far north as the Canadian Yukon to the Southern Andes in South America. They are classified as follow:

Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Mammalia

Order – Carnivora

Suborder – Feliformia

Family – Felidae

Subfamily – Felinae

Genus – Puma

Species – concolor

As a result, the puma is known by a wide variety of names. In fact, the puma holds the Guinness world record for the animal with the greatest number of names, with over 40 in English alone. The most common name is cougar. Besides cougar and puma, other names include mountain lion, panther, catamount, and painter to name a few. The term ‘puma’ dates back to the Quechua language in the 16th century, where it means “powerful”.

Pumas have similar body types to house cats, only on a larger scale. They are the second largest cat in the New World, after only the jaguar. They have slender bodies and round heads with pointed ears. They vary between 1.5-2.7 meters (5-9 feet) from head to tail. While males can weigh up to 68 kg (150 lbs), females weigh less, maxing out at nearly 45 kg (100 lbs).

Pumas prey on deer, but can also feed on smaller animals if necessary. Skilled and cunning hunters, pumas stay hidden from their prey until they can pounce with claws out-stretched. Pumas can also climb with ease and leap over 6 meters (20 feet). After killing a large animal, pumas hides the carcass and eat it over the coming days.

For the most part, the puma has no natural enemies and sits atop the food chain. However, they occasionally compete with other predators for food. This includes the grizzly bear, black bear, wolves, and alligators.


Now that we’ve learned more about pumas, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.

Have you ever heard of pumas? What name(s) do you know them by? Have you ever encountered a puma? What was your school mascot? What’s your favourite Simpsons cat reference? What about your favourite Simpsons school episode? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.

12 responses to “Super Safi’s Monday Morning Musings 53 – Puma

  1. Pumas are OK, but I’m much happier with the Jaguar parked on my drive 🙂

  2. I’ve got two Pumas!
    They are called “left and right” and they help me run marathons.

  3. Pumas (or in this case Mountain Lions) are native to California and Nevada …. you’ll realize this during a drought when Mountain Lions descend into your community (they definitely make Coyotes look small!)

  4. Puma is the main name for this animal in German and commonly known. An alternative is Berglöwe (Mountain Lion).

    The term Panther is in German broader, not as specific and includes the following cats according to Wikipedia:
    Zur Gattung Panthera gehören:

    Tiger (Panthera tigris)
    Jaguar (Panthera onca)
    Löwe (Panthera leo)
    Leopard (Panthera pardus)
    Schneeleopard (Panthera uncia)

    According to the WWF (not the World Wrestling Federation 😉 ) the word Panther is linked to the color of specific cats, mostly to black jaguars and leopards.

    Speaking of wrestling, I highly recommend to watch the very first match between Prince Puma and Johnny Mundo which was the Mainevent of the very first Lucha Underground show. Outstanding and breathtaking, pure athleticism, speed and stamina. You have to see this awesomeness!

  5. Hi @Safi , thanks for the musings about pumas. I always like content that is related to animals. 🙂

    I have a question regarding XP/donut/running out of possible items: The game advices to not place more than about 11000 objects. I had bought very many burning bushes for in game cash and when I do KEM farming, after some KEMs the game always warns me to not place more objects or it could become unstable.

    Since I try to get rid of items but still have so many I want to keep, I have the conflict: Do I add more items that increase the percentage of XP payout (even though I like the looks of some other objects in my town more) or do I leave room for more KEMs? If I place more XP increasing items, I hit the warning (11000 objects) earlier when I place KEMs.

    I don’t know how to do the math if I should place every XP percentage increasing object I have / I can buy or if I should leave some of them that I don’t want to place anyway (due to the looks of it) in the inventory/store in order to leave more “space” for more KEMs.

    Does anyone have an idea how to do the math? Maybe you @Safi?

    Many thanks in advance!

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