The “world’s most elusive cat” is so superbly disguised on mountain terrain it is very nearly impossible to spot. nevertheless amid the rocks and snow lies a leopard keenly and expectantly waiting to pounce.
And once you catch sight of it, you’ll amazed how you ever missed it.
The overwhelming photo was taken high in the Himalayas in northeastern India.
Photographer Saurabh Desai stated trekking in the Spiti Valley in 2019 with one mission.
“I was on my search of the world’s most elusive cat which is also known as ‘Grey Ghost’ in the popular local language,” he told My Modern Met.
Following nearly three years on the lookout, Desai eventually succeeded to snap the brown leopard about eight kilometres from the high-altitude village of Kibber.
And it seems the big cat saw him too, accompanied by its piercing eyes looking directly into the camera.
Desai, from Gujarat, was left absolutely “speechless” by the chance encounter.
“The picture depicts the snow leopard trying to get off the cliff.”
“But observing our presence, it decided to wait until it got really dark and it stayed there on the edge.”
The not long ago resurfaced picture was taken at an altitude of 17,000 feet at about -86F.
Oxygen levels had as well dive quickly to less than 50 percent compared to normal.
Social media users were very puzzled by the photo, with some taking hours to clock the creature.
One stated on Reddit:
“I’ve seen this image 643634 times and I’m always like, ‘where are you you little b*****d?’”
Another also commented: “Honestly can’t see any leopard … damn nature, you scary.
And the other said on Twitter:
“After finding it … it becomes so apparent and easy to see.”
This article at first became visible on The Sun and has been republished with authorisation