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Out of the Darkness

By ValSaxby  
This amazing cat is Athena a Black Jaguar. This lady can sure make you feel nervous. All the time Andy was throwing her food she was fine but once he stopped she turned her attention to the photographers. We saw her attack the fence getting her massive paw right through in an attempt to reach a tasty morsel, then next minute she was rolling on her back purring like a kitten.

Even though her ears are in tatters and her face isn't quite straight due to an encounter with another Jaguer she is still a magnificent animal and exudes power. Through her beautiful black coat you can see the jaguer markings as she looks towards you with those piercing eyes. This is one cat not to be messed with!

It was a wonderful feeling to be so close to such an animal - just the single fence between her and us and Andy to keep her occupied with some tasty morsels, but as we walked away from her enclosure I looked back and there she was watching, stalking...................

Tags: Jaguar Black and white Digitally manipulated Whf Wildlife heritage foundation Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Black jaguar Athena

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amazing photograph.
You captured her eyes really well. Smile
3 Nov 2012 8:22AM
great capture, the detail of the eyes is amazing!
AnnChown Plus
10 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 8:23AM
Wow Val. you've enhanced the nature of this beast by converting it to mono and leaving those eyes staring out of the frame in that menacing way. Great stuff! Smile I think she was the scariest of the day.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 9:01AM
This is one wild beast with character!!!
beautifully worked Val, like those golden eyes jumping out at you
Misty56 12 22 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 10:30AM
this is one great shot Val, you proccessed this reall well, as teh Panhter are not easy cats to take photos of
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
3 Nov 2012 11:33AM
Powerful image Val.
User_Removed 8 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 12:03PM
She was the most scary on the day, the eyes say it and so do the lack of ears certanily battle scared. Great how you have done this in Mono and kept the eyes in colour. Brilliant.. BobSmile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
3 Nov 2012 12:52PM
Those are some eyes. She looks about to pounce.......Sandy
User_Removed 11 80 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2012 2:04PM
Wonderful capture
moiral 10 12 Scotland
3 Nov 2012 3:39PM
I do like this selective colour Val. As you say - she was one awesome cat. I think this shot also shows just how calculating her mind is. Wonder which one of us she considered a tasty morsel here WinkGrin.
Although I wanted to cuddle and stroke most of the cats, this was one that I did not wish to linger with alone. Moira
pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2012 8:24AM
Beautiful, if i had the chance i would love to own that cat, been my favourite for years, Peter..
5 Nov 2012 4:47AM
Great capture!
I like it. Smile
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2012 8:28PM
Super capture

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