A viral picture shared by Indian Forest Service Officer Ramesh Pandey hides the aptly dubbed Phantom Cat. This Snow Leopard is camouflaged perfectly amongst the rocky terrain capped in snow, and the tweet prompts netzines to try and spot it.
— Ramesh Pandey (@rameshpandeyifs) July 13, 2021
Snow leopards are notoriously difficult to spot, and it is still rarer to capture this secretive mammal on camera successfully.
He goes on to call the feline in the picture the “ghost of the mountains” for its ability to blend seamlessly in its surroundings, as if not there. He then goes on to give credit to Ryan Cragun, who hails from America’s Utah, for the image he had originally captured.
At the first glance, it is almost impossible to tell that the wildcat is even in the picture.
What followed next in this pictorial challenge was people claiming to spend minutes at length, zooming in and out of the image, and yet, many still not being able to tell where the phantom cat was.
Indeed a Phantom..master camouflage
— Pramod.K (@kpramod87) July 14, 2021
I think if they are called ghost of the mountains how can anyone see them because no one can see ghost.
— Parshav jain (@Parshav15226644) July 15, 2021
I found the weeping stone pic.twitter.com/pTqQFCOvsj
— Daniel Delgado (@Xiams) July 15, 2021
There were a few who may have gotten a glimpse of the elusive beast.
I think the smarty is here….whatever do share your picture with locating this cat…its drawing me crazy…need the answer pic.twitter.com/S4vkfF87y1
— Rashmi Joshi (@Rashmijoshi5) July 15, 2021
That’s the bravo…. pic.twitter.com/Xp7Lm1Pi9q
— Binayak (@Binayak47406466) July 15, 2021
I spent 6 hours and could not find it .But my 8 Years old daughter only took minutes to find the leopard .Daughter specifically asked to let you know about this .My daughter is my pride. pic.twitter.com/9BGyCearY2
— ullas binabdulla (@UBinabdulla) July 16, 2021
Some even believe there are two leopards in the shot
Here’e the kitty circled in white pic.twitter.com/J7LEFEJMgm
— Burnie (@burnie_hall) July 15, 2021
I have change the filter for finding it😂
There are 2 Or 1🤔 pic.twitter.com/bKu1RatEhV
— pradeep 🍻 (@justP7things) July 15, 2021
Still, some just edited one in or gave him a challenge of their own
Found it sir! pic.twitter.com/baatYCiCzg
— Rajneog (@Rajneog8) July 15, 2021
Find the cat in this one pic.twitter.com/4x2Gg03rbt
— Was if (@MNWasif) July 15, 2021
Here is an image of a snow leopard captured by India’s ‘Snow Leopard man’, Ismail Shariff, who calls the animal a shy one and requiring a very trained eye to track and capture.
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The image just goes to show how well the animal can simply fuse into its surroundings. No wonder the image is taking the internet by storm. Who does not love a challenge?