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Keimu (Meitei: ꯀꯩꯃꯨ) means black panther in the Meeteilon language of Manipur in northeastern India (kei= tiger, mu= black). Keimu is also the local name for Felis temminckii, the Asian golden cat.[1]

The black panther is a melanised, mutated form of the leopard, just like black domestic cats, the black jaguar, the white tiger, or the white lion. It is not a different species of big cat. This form is rare.[citation needed]

The Manipuri keimu, the melanised variant of Indochinese leopard, was thought to be extinct in the region until in August 2017, a fully grown adult black panther was killed by tribal villagers of Pungtha village of the newly created Kamjong district (previously included in Ukhrul district) of Manipur. Wildlife survey and conservation efforts in this region are very poor, due to insurgency problems, underestimation, poor connectivity, and the difficult-to-control tradition of hunting the local wildlife.[citation needed][2]

See also[edit]

  • Keibu keioiba


  1. "List of mammals". manenvis.nic.in. ENVIS Centre, Manipur. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ":: Manipur News | Manipur Daily | Poknapham - Manipuri News!". www.thepeopleschronicle.in. Archived from the original on 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-17.

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