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Felis Cervissimilis, commonly known as the Cornibus Panther, is an exotic carnivorous feline. It spends its lifetime in the Scandinavian tundra, with an annual migration to the deciduous forests of Southern Europe. With a deer-like appearance, this unusual feline is known for its unique methods of tree-hunting, preying primarily on deer, small mammals, and occasionally freshwater fish. Though somewhat rarely observed in the wild, the Cornibus is not considered threatened, as it is relatively well-adapted to its solitary lifestyle. There are an estimated 12,000 of these panthers living in the wild, but zoologists have found no evidence of any decline in their numbers.
The Cornibus Panther is the only feline ever recorded to have the antlers which are so characteristic to its species. These antlers are used only for competition during mating season, and unlike those of deer, do not break off or regrow. The antlers begin development several weeks after the birth of each cub, and they continually grow and strengthen throughout their lifetime. The material composition of the antlers is similar to that of bone; the antlers are known to grow straight from the skull. In the rare occasion that an antler should break off, there is no physical damage done, but the animal may experience social out-casting during mating season and have difficulty reproducing.
Standing upright, the shoulder of the panther reaches about 5', and its slender body is about 5' in length; unusually tall and lithe for a feline. Its long, 7' tail is prehensile, meaning that it can be used to wrap around branches and help it to balance while hunting. The Cornibus has strong hindquarters for jumping into, out of, and between trees, and strong, curved claws for grip. It also has strong fangs which are useful when hunting for deer. The panther is also well known for its prodigious sight and hearing (due to its well adapted eyes and feline-like ears).
Migration EditIn the spring, summer, and fall during which the Cornibus lives in the tundra, it maintains a long, thick, white coat for warmth and camouflage. When it migrates to the deciduous forests for the winter, it grows out a darker and less bushy coat to help it blend with its forest surroundings. This camouflage is necessary for maintaining stealth while stalking animals from the low-hanging branches of trees. The migration occurs so that the panthers can live in a warmer environment while the tundra freezes over for winter. Usually, they begin their several-week journey towards the end of fall, and leave around the end of winter when the air becomes uncomfortably warm.
Diet and Hunting Edit
Like all felines, the Cornibus Panther is a carnivore, and its prey mainly consists of deer, caribou, small mammals, and large freshwater fish. Though its diet is fairly consistent, the panther is known to occasionally hunt other animals such as rabbits and predatory birds, depending on the availability of prey. Unlike lions and other pride-dwelling felines, Cornibi prefer to hunt by themselves, as they are very stealthy creatures. They take advantage of trees (especially when in southern forests) in order to attack their prey from above. While in the tundra, their biggest asset is their mastery at camouflage. Because the Cornibi hunt out of view, they are very successful. An overpopulation of deer and a wide range of food options provide for plentiful food supply, and a lack of competition withing the species. It plays an important role in stabilizing the ecosystem around it and regulating populations. Cornibi aren't know to prey on humans, but there have been several incidents in which harm was done to those intruding on the territory of an aggressive panther.
Cornibus Panthers don't have any known natural predators, but are mainly faced by disease, poaching, and accidental killing by novice hunters who mistake them for deer. Occasionally, rough conflict during mating season leads to infections which can also be fatal.
The closest living relative of the Cornibus Panther is speculated to be the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia), which evolved from the same common ancestor as that of tigers. When a species developed from that common ancestor, both the Cornibus Panther and the Snow Leopard split off from that species. Therefore, the Cornibus did not directly evolve from the Snow Leopard, rather; they merely share their closest relative.