Shadows of the Rainforest

shadbigWhat many people refer to as black panthers, are actually black leopards. The black leopard’s fur is actually created by a recessive gene. Instead of the leopard just having black spots, the entire coat is black. The spots can still be seen when the sunlight glistens off of their fur.

One of the reasons why I enjoy watching these animals is because when the sun reflects off of their coat, a rainbow of color is reflected back to your eye. This makes these animals quite dynamic. Yet when they are lurking in shadows, while stalking their pray, their black fur makes them almost impossible to see. This is trouble for their prey, because these animals are lighting fast.

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