Here’s what I didn’t understand. How could it be such a big deal for a wild black panther to be spotted, when you see black panthers all the time, on TV and at the local zoo? They aren’t supposedly extinct or anything. Why are they so mysterious, the sightings so contentious? I did some homework on the subject, and now I understand.
See, “panther” is a catch-all term for any of a number of different species of big cats. A “panther” is not a species unto itself. Whenever we see a black panther, what we are really seeing is a black LEOPARD, or perhaps a black JAGUAR. Those are the only two species of big cat known to exhibit melanism, which is the exact opposite of albinism. There COULD be a melanistic cougar, but the odds against one existing in the wild are millions to one against. THAT is why it’s such a big deal when a black panther is spotted in America. We don’t have native leopards, and while you will occasionally have a jaguar sighting in the Southwest, the odds of spotting a solid black jaguar are miniscule. What, then, are people seeing?
Where did those black panthers come from? Are they really black panthers at all? Britain has more of them than we do over here in the States, and Britain has no indigenous population of big cat at all! Might those black panthers, or Alien Big Cats, be something more than mere animals? They are sometimes described by eyewitnesses as being far larger than any known species of “panther.” They are also sometimes reported as having glowing red eyes and of disappearing into thin air.
By the way, there have been recent sightings of a big black ABC in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada, just across the river from New York State. Canucks, have those cameras at the ready!