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Internet still baffled by picture of leopard hiding in a ditch

Internet still baffled by picture of leopard hiding in a ditch

The photo of the leopard in a ditch was originally posted on Twitter a few years ago but has gone viral again this week

Here's a tricky festive challenge for you - can you spot the leopard camouflaged in the above photo?

The viral picture, which was originally posted on Twitter a few years ago but ended up doing the rounds again this week, shows a leopard whose camouflage is so effective that it's near-impossible to spot it in the dirt.

In what might be the most difficult edition of Where's Wally?, thousands of social media users struggled with the challenge of spotting the big cat.

One Twitter user uploaded the image back in 2019, admitting that when their friend sent it to them, they thought they were taking the p**s.

Dabi said: "Someone just sent this to me and asked me to find the leopard. I was convinced it was a joke... until I found the leopard. Can you spot it?"

Twitter/Hemant Dabi

The picture sent social media users into a meltdown, with one writing in desperation at the time: "Someone please pm me the answer. I'm gonna go crazy if I stare at this dirt anymore."

Another said: "Took me too long. Leopard would've got me," while a third added: "Took me about 5 minutes!! Well hidden... more of this please."

And it seems people are STILL baffled by the image after it was reposted this week by Twitter page @fas1nate, racking up another 13,000 retweets and more than 160,000 likes.

The picture went viral again this week.

"I still don't see it," one person commented.

"Where is it?" another asked.

For those of you who are due a trip to Specsavers, despite the additional comment of "PLEASE DON'T POST THE ANSWER," a number of people shared spoiler photos with arrows or circles outlining the well-hidden creature.

If you - like many people - still haven't been able to spot it, check out the answer below...

There you go.
Twitter/Hemant Dabi

Incredible, right? No doubt the wily leopard's prey didn't even see it coming.

Even the photographer who took the picture - Hemant Dabi (@safariwithhemantdabi) admitted he couldn't even see the creature himself.

He told LADbible earlier this year: "When I took this photo at that time he was giving alarm call on seeing another leopard. It was hard to see him.

"I have seen that place many times where he was and you won't believe I was only seven feet away from him and I still couldn't see him.

"He showed me when he waved his tail."

While the picture challenge was a bit of innocent fun, the diminishing number of certain species across the globe is cause for alarm.

As outlined by the the Born Free Foundation website, leopards currently have a Vulnerable status.

"Wild leopards are under threat, largely due to human pressures and habitat loss, while captive animals suffer in zoos, circuses and under private ownership," the charity says.

"Even in modern zoos big cats repeatedly pace, frustrated because their hunting and territorial instincts are denied.

"Although they often breed well in captivity, it is extremely difficult to return a captive-bred big cat to the wild and this almost never happens."

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Hemant Dabi

Topics: Animals, Viral, Twitter