Pattaya City, Thailand
The Beauty Of Black
Photograph - Digital Photograph
For those of you that are used to seeing me post something new most days of the week, please note that this will be the last picture I will be uploading for at least a couple of weeks, as I am flying off to Kenya this evening, returning home to my family in Thailand again around the middle of June. All being well, I may come back with a few more pleasing pictures, that is, if Mother Nature is feeling in a particularly benevolent mood!
The subject you see here is most commonly referred to as a black panther, though "panther" is a name shared by a number of felines and isn't generally considered the name of any specific feline. The magnificent cat you see here is in fact a melanistic Indochinese leopard; melanism is the development of dark-coloured pigment in the skin and, in the animal kingdom, this darker-coloured variant is not limited to cats, some examples being: canines including the wolf, horses, deer, reptiles, rodents including squirrel, birds including king penguin, and seal. The opposite of melanism is albinism, a distinct lack of black pigment turning skin and hair white.
This picture was one of a handful I was fortunate enough to capture in April 2012 during a visit to Dusit Zoo in Bangkok. Having revisited the same exhibit at the beginning of this year, it's now become almost impossible to get a clear shot for all the hanging vines that have naturally grown. At first I was a little disappointed by this, but thinking about it again I'm much happier to see this beautiful cat within surroundings that more accurately mimic those of its natural jungle habitat.
Thanks for taking an interest and looking forward to sharing with you more later on this month, wishing you fun times ahead in gorgeous light meanwhile!
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May 31st, 2013
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