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!
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.
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.
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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