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The Leopard in Heraldry

A heraldic leopard is nearly identical to a heraldic lion. In fact, it looks like a lion only it is always passant guardant. The leopard is found most famously in the arms of England.

The Leopard in SCA Heraldry

When registering an SCA device, a heraldic leopard is considered the same as a lion for the purposes of conflict checking.

The Leopard in Medieval Bestiaries

The leopard is considered the bastard offspring of a lion and a pard. The leopard's reputation in literature is somewhat derogatory considering its noble role in heraldry.

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