Perfectly black leopards, which in certain lights show the characteristic markings on the fur, are not uncommon, and are examples of melanism, occurring as individual variations, sometimes in one cub out of a litter of which the rest are normally coloured, and therefore not indicating a distinct race, much less a species.
So far as the hounds are concerned, the object of cub hunting is to teach them their duty; it is a dress rehearsal of the November business.
Cub hunting carried out on a proper principle is one of the secrets of a successful season.
As soon as the young entry have recovered from the operation of "rounding," arrangements for cub hunting begin.
When cubbing begins, a start is made at 4 or 5 A.M., and then the system is adopted of tracking the cub by his drag.