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Male Leopard

DOB 3/1/92

Rescued 7/20/95

Sabre was 3 years old when he arrived at Big Cat Rescue on 7/20/95. Though he was only supposed to be here temporarily, his former owner moved and left no forwarding address.

This could have been another sad ending as most are in the exotic pet world. Luckily, we had taken Sabre in and he will have a home here for life. He is very playful and fun loving and always has a mischievous look on his face. He loves to act very silly, running about his cat-a-tat and jumping on top of his mountain den.

Sabre the black leopardSabre, like many of our cats, has been relocated to new cat-a-tats a few times.  The change of scenery and new neighbors to interact with provide another form of enrichment for our big cats.  Sabre has enjoyed the time he has spent among other cougars, tigers, leopards and bobcats.  The only thing Sabre probably hasn’t enjoyed is his recent neutering.  But now he is back to his old energetic self loving his new location.


Sabre the Black Leopard Tumor Removal


Sabre the black leopard is 22 years old, which is about 10 years longer than most leopards live, but a tumor has begun to grow under his chin and could make it hard for him to swallow, so the difficult decision is made to remove the mass surgically.  The surgery could kill him, but the mass could too.  This is graphic surgery video so don’t watch if you have a weak constitution.



Black Panthers?



Sponsor Sabre

Gorgeous Black Leopard Photo 2011

Gorgeous Black Leopard Photo 2011




Why isn’t this cat called a Black Panther?


  1. Sabre is so freakin' cute. I can't get enough of him.

  2. What a gorgeous animal! We need laws to prevent people from getting exotic animals as pets!

  3. He is a black leopard. I think maybe this would be a fantastic place to work if ever I accomplish school. I love all cats but big cats have been my favorite since I met them as a young child. Someplace in a colder climate is preferable. One day at a time. I can't wait to visit Saber! That's first on the big cat list!

  4. I can't wait to see Saber in person! I am smitten with this big kitten!

  5. I think I saw a pudy tat so cute!

  6. oh handsome boy!

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