Since the it has been considered politically incorrect to call a black cat a black panther. The big black cats are black leopards or black jaguars and are not referred to as black panthers by anyone who knows anything about big cats.
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 Rescued Florida Panther Kitten Is Actually Too Cute - Part of an endangered breed, biologists discovered the abandoned kitten weeks ago nonresponsive and with a dangerously low body temperature. Now the kitten is totally healthy at Lowry Park Zoo.