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“Panther Security”, Rugby: pedantic

“Panther Security” burglar alarm, Rugby • This streetwise, stencilled logo looks like an identity for a computer war game, or a brand of outdoors wear. To be pedantic, the panther is not a specific species, but a blanket term for big cats in general, such as jaguars, cougars, or leopards. The black panther is the “melanistic” variant of these, the small percentage with a very dark pigment – usually jaguars or leopards, which have long been bred in captivity for their beauty – and the word “panther” is often used to refer to these inky beasts in particular. This is most clearly a black panther, so assuming the security firm isn’t paying homage to the militant African American revolutionary group, it’s actually a leopard or a jaguar. This one can be found stalking along Sheep Street, Rugby – which is perhaps why there aren’t any actual sheep there. • Spotted: Sheep Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21, England, 2011 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of Rugby

A real black panther, ie a melanistic jaguar (photo by Cburnett)

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