I am completely taken by jaguars. They're gorgeous and powerful and intense.
When we visited the Belize Zoo, a zookeeper approached us and asked if we'd like to go into a small enclosure and interact with Junior the jaguar. It would be $50. I've never reached into my wallet faster.
We got to go to a small enclosure with a bucket of chicken parts. It turns out he likes to lick your head. You had to have short hair or be bald to get permission. I can't believe how rough their tongues are. It feels like they have metal scales on them and they grip your head so when they lick it pulls your head way back.
The size of those paws!