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  1. #1 Black Panthers or Leopards in Srilanka...??? 
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    Hello Everyone..

    I am spending my summer in Ratnapura a small village in Srilanka, It is absolutely green and beautiful.
    It was yesterday night that i noticed a very large black Cat running on the wall, it was not a regular cat, since it was larger and seemed stronger, it looked just like a Not fully grown black Panther, But I am not really sure, what kind of cats are widely seen in here? I have heard that there are so many Leopards in the area could it be a black Leopard.

    I would be happy to know what you think...


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    I imagine that all of the wild cats that are native to the Indian subcontinent would be native to Srilanka. Individuals with black fur exist as varients within the population of all cats. So it need not have been a leopard as there are smaller Indian jungle cats.


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    Could these Indian Jungle cats get any way dangerous, and how do they sound, is it like the Roaring of Leopards or Simple cats?

    Thanks in Advance,
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    There are four native felines found on Sri Lanka. Jungle cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedias, Rusty-spotted cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedias, Fishing cat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedias, and Sri Lankan leopard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedias. Leopards are known for occasionally being all black, but the size difference between a Leopard and the others would generally leave little doubt.
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    And you need to think about the conditions the cat was in before concluding it was black. If the fur was wet or merely damp from trees or undergrowth, that would darken the coat and maybe distort the appearance.
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    Paleoichneum, Thank you for the sources really helped,

    Adelady, That is possible since there is a river nearby here. I asked some of the Local people about this and they said there are lots of Wild cats around here but they usually are harmless to us... Hope thats True
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