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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
There is a leopard lurking in this photo but you've got to look REALLY close to find him
There's a leopard here, honest - just look a bit harder and you'll see it
With their recognisable spots and sizeable stature, leopards shouldn't be that hard to spot.
And yet this photograph is stumping everyone as they simply
cannot spot the big cat
Thanks to nature, the iconic spots on the creatures are intended to help them blend in, hence how impossible this particular puss is to make out in the brush.
The predator is perfectly camouflaged as it has a lie down on the rocks in Rajasthan, India.
Sudhir Shivaram spotted the cunning animal when he was exploring in the small town of Bera - and has enjoyed teasing pals who don't even believe there's a leopard in the pic.
Sudhir, 43, was hoping to see the big cat when he visited the area, as it's known for being a popular habitat for them.
There he is - the leopard is revealed, just relaxing amid the landscape
The photographer said: "The place is really popular with leopards because of its rocky terrain.
"The leopard had come out of its den and was resting
"I maintained a good distance from it so it wasn't disturbed.
"I took the photo with the leopard slightly off-centre, so it's really difficult to find.
"Only a few people could spot it after a while.
Photographer Sudhir Shivaram says some of his friends didn't believe there was a leopard in the picture
"Many guessed wrong, while some even thought there wasn't anything in the pic."
He added: "The leopards are so well camouflaged in the habitat.
"They are the most adaptive animals and can easily service on smaller mammals, birds and sometimes local cattle.
"As long as we do not disturb them, they will not interfere in our lives and will co-exist."
The Times of India
reports that the country's first ever count of leopards in 2014 put the spotted cat population at 12,000 to 14,000 across the country.
August 16, 2016
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