The bulging muscles beneath the leather overlay shows an excellent understanding of feline anatomy. The addition of slashes on the rib cage suggest an undernourished beast determined to get a meal NOW! A close look at teeth and whisters are not convincing but from a distance the stark white fangs show up vividly against the red painted roaring mouth. The flattened ears and glittering black eyes contribute to imagining a flicking tail and twitching nose. To mind comes Ogden Nash's "Panther:" The panther is like a leopard,/ Except it hasn't been peppered./ Should you behold a panther/ Crouch,/ Prepare to say ouch./ Better yet, if called by a/ Panther, Don't anther.