Finally, an answer to the question of whether or not a leopard can change his spots. As hard as he might try, it appears the answer is absolutely not.
You know the saying, right? It generally refers to someone who is generally not of good character not being able to change, no matter how hard they may try or pretend to try.
This vintage leopard illustration by Oliver Herford (1863-1935) shows a leopard desperately trying to change his spots. The poor fellow’s trying to lick them off…and that’s not working. He’s also trying to use a solvent of some kind and that too has no effect on his spots.
Personally, I think all of those lovely spots are what makes this large cat so beautiful and I’m glad he can’t change them though it would be nice if more people could indeed change their spots.
Anyway, this fun anthropomorphic drawing of a leopard from A Child’s Primer of Natural History trying to change his spots is in the public domain. Have fun with it.
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