A Real "Carolina Panther"

A cougar from the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.

The "Panther" was a mythical creature in ancient legend, described as a big cat. They were said to emit a sweet smelling odor when they roared, which would draw any nearby animals to be eaten.

Real Panthers are Cougars, Jaguars, & Leopards - The name refers to any of those cats, among others. Even the Black Panther is a really a type of Jaguar.

Photographed at the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, North Carolina

Photographed at the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, North Carolina