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Hardly Anyone Could Spot The Camouflaged Leopard In This Viral Picture

Simon Fearn

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Hardly Anyone Could Spot The Camouflaged Leopard In This Viral Picture

Back in 2019, hundreds of Twitter users were left scratching their head after trying in vain to spot a camouflaged leopard in a viral picture.

Reckon you can succeed where others have failed?

Have a look for yourself below:

Credit: Hemant Dabi
Credit: Hemant Dabi

The image was shared back by Twitter user Bella Lack with the caption: "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?"

You absolutely sure there's a leopard there, Bella?

Since then the picture has racked up more than 23,000 likes and 9,000 retweets - mainly from people who just can't spot the disguised predator.

A leopard hunting in the Bushveld in southern Africa (stock image). Credit: Ben McRae/Alamy Stock Photo
A leopard hunting in the Bushveld in southern Africa (stock image). Credit: Ben McRae/Alamy Stock Photo

One user wrote in desperation: "Someone please pm me the answer. I'm gonna go crazy if I stare at this dirt anymore."

Another wrote: "Took me too long. Leopard would've got me."

A third added: "Took me about 5 minutes!! Well hidden... more of this please."

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.

To be fair, I'm 99 percent certain I wouldn't have been able to spot it if it weren't for the help of the Twitter community. If you're the same, check out the answer below:

Credit: Hemant Dabi
Credit: Hemant Dabi

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

Leopards are known to be masters of camouflage, and can often creep up to within just a few metres of their prey before going in for the kill.

According to the BBC, their spots can be either round or square to offer the best cover in their environment.

They've also evolved to have darker or paler markings depending on their surroundings - for instance, the dark coats of panthers offer better camouflage in forests or mountain terrains.

So I guess a leopard kind of does change its spots.

Essentially, the predators are expertly adapted to stay hidden - so don't beat yourself up too much if you couldn't spot the lurking leopard in the picture.

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Featured Image Credit: Hemant Dabi

Topics: Viral, Twitter, Animals

Simon Fearn
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