A black panther roaming in the jungles of Kabini, India. pic.twitter.com/UT8zodvv0m
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A rare black panther was caught on camera strolling through the jungles of Kabini in India.
Photographer Shaaz Jung captured the incredible photos on the banks of the Kabini River, on the south-eastern part of Nagarahole National Park. The park is known for its tiger and elephant sightings, but this is the first time a rare black panther has been spotted here.
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In the dense forests of Kabini, the overpowering canopy often conceals the sky. So when the panther emerged and walked towards the fleeting colours of the setting sun, I knew I was witnessing something special. Yes, he did pause to give us a look, but there was something extraordinarily peaceful about watching the most enigmatic cat, walking into one of the greatest skies I had ever witnessed. . . #shaazjung #blackpanther #thebisonresort #kabini #wildlife #nature #nikon #nikonindia #natgeowild
Black panthers are extremely rare, though they have been spotted from time to time. Click here to watch a black panther face off against an anaconda in the Amazonian jungle.
The big cat appears black due to a condition known as melanism, which causes an excess of melanin and causes a darkening of body tissues. Melanistic leopards and jaguars still have their typical spotted patterns, but they’re just harder to see because of the coloring.