A rare black (melanistic) jaguar has been caught on camera in Panama
A video has been released earlier in March of a melanistic jaguar in front of a camera trap. This is only the second to be recorded on video throughout the four years monitoring the forest in the Mamoní Village in Panama. While the video is only 10 seconds long, the surprising roar of the jaguar can be heard as it walks across the frame.
Melanism is a rare genetic variation that results in certain individuals having more melanin, which gives them the black colour. 'Black panther' is an alternate name for such individuals in jaguars and leopards.