The large black cats that people report from Britain and elsewhere in the world are sometimes said to look odd, being occasionally described as unusually gracile and less stocky than leopards (for an example in the literature see Trevor Beer’s description and illustration: Beer 1988). If this is true it makes these creatures a total mystery as no leopard-sized species matches this description. But what do you make of this peculiarly gracile large melanistic cat? Compare it with the melanistic leopard shown below…
I’ll explain what’s going on here later; I do know the answer. Yet again no time for a proper article today. But one is coming soon. It’s on a group of animals that have evolved beaks, are partially herbivorous, can spray poison, can be extremely tolerant to cold, and – in the big species – can easily bite open a human hand. If that doesn’t keep you guessing I don’t know what will.
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Beer, T. 1988. The Beast of Exmoor: Fact or Legend? Countryside Publications, Barnstaple.