Close Encounter of the Rare Kind

Australian skiers in Kashmir got a lot more adventure than they bargained for when they spotted a legendary Snow Leonard, almost hidden in the snow.

It’s estimated that there are only about 4000 snow leopards left in the world, due to loss of habitat and poaching. About 500 of them are in India’s high elevations. Part of why they have survived until now is because they are so wary of people – many biologists trying to track them have never seen one.

It’s a mystery why this one would be so close to a ski run.



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5 Responses to Close Encounter of the Rare Kind

  1. bigfatmike says:

    “It’s a mystery why this one would be so close to a ski run.”

    Ummm … the food is better?

  2. wordcloud9 says:

    Only if you like raw human, which has not been on the Snow Leopard menu – at least, not until now.

    • bigfatmike says:

      “Only if you like raw human, which has not been on the Snow Leopard menu – at least, not until now.”

      Must be an acquired taste.

  3. pete says:

    Mmmm snow bunnies.

    Although I really wanted to see who the legendary Snow Leonard was.

  4. wordcloud9 says:

    LOL pete thanks for catching my typo

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