This is a black panther photo taken in Berlin Zoo by Raphael Kugel. For me, it is a very sad but interesting photograph. The picture is on Raphael’s Flickr photostream. Raphael kindly agreed to let me publish it here. I have adjusted it very slightly to try give it a little more impact (without over engineering it). This majestic cat looks like a statue. “Black panther” normally means a melanistic (black) jaguar. It can also mean a black leopard. This cat look likes a jaguar because of his bulk. Jaguars are bulkier than leopards.
Raphael’s Flickr Photostream — see a page on American Zoos where you can see the wild cats.