Black Panther Feeding - Closeup
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Closeup of a black panther feeding. The sleek lines of this very dangerous cat came out beautifully with the light just glancing the panther sitting in the dark.
A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. In the Americas, wild 'black panthers' may be black jaguars (Panthera onca), while in Asia and Africa, black leopards (Panthera pardus); in Asia, possibly the very rare black tigers (Panthera tigris). Smaller wild cats, like jaguarundi, may also be black. Captive black panthers may be black jaguars, or more commonly black leopards. It is thought that melanism may confer a selective advantage under certain conditions since it is more common in regions of dense forest, where light levels are lower.
This picture is a special old favourite of mine which is why I am making it available here although it is only suitable for printing at small sizes.
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March 9th, 2013
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