First Wild Snow Leopard Cub Filmed in Bhutan

Sep 22, 2010
Outside Magazine

Snow leopard cub

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A baby snow leopard was caught on camera high in the Himalayas of Bhutan, the BBC reports.

The cub triggered a camera trap set up by a BBC Natural History film crew, walking right up to the camera to investigate, the BBC says. Cameraman Gordon Buchanan believes the cub had been left near the camera while its mother went hunting, a rare piece of luck with one of the most elusive animals around. Estimates put snow leopard numbers between 3,500 and 7,000 individuals surviving in the wild, according to the BBC.

The film crew believe this is the first footage of a young cub in the wild.The footage will air this week on BBC One's Lost Land of the Tiger. But you can check out some of the video here, courtesy of the BBC. And yes, it is adorable.

--Nick Davidson

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