Saturday, April 12, 2008

Melonistic cats...

Big Cats. You know them, you love them. Lions. Tigers. Leopards. Jaguars. And panthers? Nope. No such thing. Just black leopards (Europe, Africa, Asia) and black jaguars (South America).

In the early 1980s, the Glasgow Zoo acquired a 10 year-old black leopard, nicknamed the Cobweb Panther, from the Dublin Zoo. This leopard had a uniformly black coat profusely sprinkled with white hairs as though draped with spider webs. The condition appeared to be vitiligo; as she aged, the white became more extensive. Since then, other "Cobweb Panthers" have been reported and photographed in zoos.


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