Too cute to fool anyone: The rare tiny black panther cub does its best to look scary for the camera

With its arms outstretched, claws bared and mouth gaping open, this black panther cub believes it is a fearsome sight - but the act isn't fooling anyone.

The adorable 25-day-old feline was photographed playfully rolling around on a red carpet in the city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of east China.

A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any Panthera species. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards (Panthera pardus). Black panthers in the Americas are black jaguars (Panthera onca)

Melanism in the jaguar (Panthera onca) is conferred by a dominant allele, and in the leopard (Panthera pardus) by a recessive allele. Close examination of the color of these black cats will show that the typical markings are still present, but are hidden by the excess black pigment melanin, giving an effect similar to that of printed silk. This is called "ghost striping".Source

Responses to "Are You Terrified Yet? Black Panther Cub Does Its Best To Terrify (PHOTOS)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    This little guy should be on Animal Planet's Too Cute. He's adorable.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He is soooooo cute. I want one.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Give that little adorable creature half a year and those eyes will definitely tell the story. Good luck with the cuddles then. But until that day, aaaawwwww, so cute.

  4. bmfilip says:

    That is such a beautiful little panther. I sure hope he lives a long & healthy life. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. Me and my girls(two toddlers)
    (Altogether went) Awwww

    Super cutie

  6. Anonymous says:

    AWwww look at those eyes he is so cute and adorable you just want to scoop him up and cuddle him but just don't do it when he is full grown or you will become kitty chow.

  7. Unknown says:

    Im sooooo scared!! I wanna squeeze him >.< <3

  8. sak says:

    Want to feel some SERIOUS kitteh envy?
    No Rick Rolls I PROMISE . . . Just pure kitteh envy.

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