I was trying to explain to my daughter that a panther is actually just a black leopard or jaguar.
My most favorite panther is Bagira in the Russian adaptation of "The jungle book". Called "Maugli, raksha". All animals in that animated film made a huge impression on me. Their angular shapes, smooth movements of the cats, the arched backs and countless wonderful poses.
Maybe it was then I knew I want to draw animals non stop.