Jaguars Obsessed with Calvin Klein Fragrance

Biologist use Obsession to lure jaguars

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A three-year-old jaguar kept at the Belize Zoo, west of Belize City, Belize.     Photo: Bjorn Christian Torrissen/Wikime

Calvin Klein Obsession for Men doesn’t just attract cougars...it also works on jaguars (actual jaguars).

Rather than paying an army of field assistants to observe the elusive cats, wiildlife biologists often deploy cameras in jungles from Guatemala to Nicaragua to capture images when these solitary, nocturnal cats pass by. But how do they lure the big cats in front of the camera? After testing many different fragrances, one researcher now swears by Obsession, which, according to The Guardian, contains synthetic "animal notes" similar to those secreted by cats.

Every bottle of Obsession is made with a chemical called civetone, which is derived from the scent glands of the cat-like civet, Miguel Ordenana, a biologist with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, told Scientific American. “What we think is that civetone resembles some sort of territorial marking to the jaguar, and so it responds by rubbing its own scent on it.”

So if you plan on wearing Obsession on your next date, don’t plan on having dinner in jaguar territory.

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