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'Cobweb' Black Leopard

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by cynpeterson, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. cynpeterson

    cynpeterson Member

    Thought this was pretty cool and had to share!

    "A truly exceptional female black panther was purchased from Dublin Zoo during the early 1980s, and exhibited for a few years at Glasgow Zoo before being sold overseas, probably destined for Madrid Zoo." "Old black-furred mammals sometimes exhibit a gradual silvering of their fur with advancing age. However, this panther's silvering was so extensive that Richard O'Grady, a former director of Glasgow Zoo, was convinced that it was due to a genetic mutation, and he also noted that its gums were unusually pink. Moreover, although the panther was 10-11 years old when it arrived at Glasgow, Richard had first seen it some time earlier, when it was at Dublin, and it was no less silvered then, again ruling out an age-related explanation." http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2013/05/cobweb-panthers-silvered-surprise.html