Amazing Footage of a Snow Leopard Investigating a Camera Trap

Snow leopards are closely related to Panthera blytheae, the oldest known pantherine cat. (Tseng et al., 2014). A Snow Leopard (Uncia Uncia) by Bernard Landgraf. CC BY-SA 3.0
Snow leopards are closely related to Panthera blytheae, the oldest known pantherine cat. (Tseng et al., 2014). A Snow Leopard (Uncia Uncia) by Bernard Landgraf. CC BY-SA 3.0

Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are some of the most elusive creatures on this planet. Few humans have ever witnessed one, which is why this footage is so remarkable.

The Snow Leopard Conservancy had placed camera traps in India’s Hemis National Park for the PBS film Silent Roar. One of the traps must have been well-placed, because a snow leopard walked right up to it.

This video on Earth Touch’s website shows the curious felid sniffing and pawing the camera. Then, towards the end, you can see a second snow leopard in the background. Once the first cat is satisfied with its investigation, the two walk off together.

Snow leopards are such remarkable animals, and it is a privilege to be able to view this footage

Click here for the original video and article.

 

 

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