A photograph of a snow leopard clicked by wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai has gone viral on social media.
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A photo of a snow leopard clicked by wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai has gone viral on social media after many netizens found it difficult to spot the animal on a rocky mountain with patches of snow.
Desai, who clicked on the photograph during his visit to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, shared the image on his Instagram account with the title "Art of camouflage".
The image soon went viral, getting more than 14,000 "likes". Many netizens found it difficult to spot the big camouflaged cat and challenged their friends to do the same. "Man, I've been watching it for a while, what the hell it is," wrote one Instagram user, while another user said, "I was surprised when I noticed those eyes! I was inspired!"
Desai visited the village of Kibber, which is believed to be the highest motor village in the world, and glimpsed the snow leopard in a spot 8 km from the village.
Also known as the "Mountain Phantom", snow leopards in Himachal Pradesh are generally found at an altitude of between 9,800 feet and 17,000 feet in high and steep terrain. Its habitat ranges from the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary in Lahaul and Spiti to Pangi in the Chamba district and Lippa Asrang in the tribal district of Kinnaur.