Can you spot what’s hiding in this picture?
A group of photographers were on a INDRI wildlife tour in Rhumbak Valley of Hemis National Park in India when they encountered a rare sight. There was a herd of blue sheep moving across a valley, unaware of a hidden predator nearby.
What unfolded next was so amazing; and it was the first time it was ever photographed.
The photographers were hoping to see some action. They didn’t know it yet, but they were about to get lucky.
There is a predator hovering nearby.
And just in case you need some help.
A snow leopard was camped out, high above the sheep.
He was carefully waiting and plotting.
Then, when a young sheep wandered too close, he pounced.
He chased the few sheep close to him until he singled one out.
The young sheep made a grave mistake and attempted to run up the hill, letting the leopard get too close.
And soon, it was all over for the blue sheep.
Snow leopards and their amazing camouflage have been caught on film before, but it is exceedingly rare for anyone to see them hunt from start to finish.
“This was truly an incredible encounter we had been so, so fortunate to witness; a full Snow Leopard hunt from beginning to end including the take and kill. Our Snow Leopard spotter had been working in Hemis for 16 years and he had never seen this happen before nor knew anyone else who had been as fortunate as us… I am exhilarated therefore to be able to share my images and story of this hunt with you.”
The power and skill of these animals are truly impressive. To learn more about cool wildlife tours you can take (so you can see this kind of action for yourself), check out the INDRI tours website. Also, share this rare and incredible series of photographs with your friends.