Watch a Black Panther and Fierce Leopard Go Face-to-Face High Up in a Tree

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: March 27, 2023
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The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Karnataka in the southern part of India and contains a diverse variety of wildlife species located in many habitats including dense forests, lakes, streams and steep valleys. Two of the most stunning and agile animals that you’ll see here are the black panther and the leopard. However, as you see here, when these two big cats come face-to-face in a tree, they don’t think much of each other!

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Black panthers have retractable claws for combat.

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Black Panthers Are Striking Animals

Black panther’ is a generic term to describe any big cat that is black! So, black panthers are usually leopards or jaguars that have an unusual coloring. As this is in India, this particular black panther is likely to be a leopard. Wherever you find leopards, you are likely to find black panthers but they are unusual. The Kabini Park is one place where you do get to see them.

Black panthers can also be dark brown and do actually have spots – it’s just that it is hard to see them on their shiny dark coat. They have emerald green eyes, a small head and a strong jaw. These big cats are intelligent, agile and exceptionally good at climbing trees. The black panther in this vid gives us an excellent demonstration of this. In fact, they are quite happy to hang around in trees for long periods and have no problem scaling vertical trunks.

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Leopards use their long tails to balance in trees


Leopards Enjoying Tree Life

Black panthers are leopards so it should come as no surprise that they are also very good at moving around in trees. The leopard in this vid is chilling out when they are disturbed by the panther.

Leopards are native to Africa and Asia and they like to live in rainforests, grasslands and mountainous habitats. Most of their time is spent high in trees where, as we see here, they do not like to be disturbed by panthers. They have a distinctive spotted coat and grow to around 165 pounds. Their body is lithe and their legs are powerful and they use their long tail for balancing on branches.

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Leopards love to climb. They will often take their prey and stash it in trees to protect it from scavengers.


The leopards that live in forests have darker spots because that helps them to remain hidden. This sharp-eyed panther, however, spots this leopard from the ground and climbs up to investigate!

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Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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