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Description: Black panthers are one of the most beautiful and fierce looking animals from the big cats family. What people don’t know about this cat is that, there are several different types of cat that you may be looking at. You see the term “black panther” is commonly used with large black acts, but the truth is there is really no one species of wild cat called a Black Panther. For many years now from past to present, people have been using that exact term to identify any large black cat from the wild, when all the while you could either be looking at a black leopard, a black cougar, or a black jaguar. These are the animals that are born with a Melanistic coloration. Melanistic comes from the word melanin, which means dark colored hair or skin pigments. What happens is, when a cub is forming in the womb sometimes a mutation will happen with the cat genes that is associated with coat color and markings, this is when melanisum occurs. It is a defect that is hereditary but at times could skip a generation. Because of the dark fur that pierces through the animal’s body, the markings of the cat can hardly be seen especially in the sun on an angle. The most common of cat to carry melanisum is the Jaguar; this is because it is carried by a dominant allele, where as the leopard carries a more recessive allele. Black leopards are being breed to this day and are considered a rare cat; the whole point to the breeding process is to strengthen the melanisum gene so that when females give birth, the chances for a litter of black panthers are higher. Black leopard or “panthers” can hunt and kill prey that can weigh more than 1,400 pounds of their own weight. You can commonly see black panthers being used as a tattooing stencil, t-shirts, and movies. There is also a marvel comics character called T’Challa or A.K.A the Black Panther who made his first appearance in the Fantastic Four Vol. 1#54 (1966). In this tutorial you will learn "how to draw a panther" very quickly and easily, the step by step instructions helps make that possible. So remember not all black panthers are panthers.