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What do an escaped panther and a vegetarian spider have in common?

Their name! The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling features a black panther (or a black-toned Indian leopard) called Bagheera, who offered protection and guidance to a human child named Mowgli. Bagheera had once lived in captivity before making his escape and returning to the jungle; he has a better understanding of humans than most of the jungle-dwelling animals that he and Mowgli encounter. Continue reading

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