Photographer Shaaz Jung recently clicked some stellar images of a Black Panther, and his clicks have taken the internet by storm. By Kumar Shree
Black Panther, one of the most magnificent animals in nature’s kingdom, sadly, remain a few in our country. The melanistic form of the leopard is equally shy and are extremely difficult to spot. These majestic beasts reside mainly in the dense forest areas of southern India.
Photographer Shaaz Jung, a noted wildlife photographer and the son of the former cricketer Saad bin Jung, recently managed to click one of them in the Kabini region of Karnataka’s Nagarhole Tiger Reserve. Ever since the images made their way to the internet, the masses have been pouring their love and amusement at the stunning creature.
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Shaaz has been following the leopards of Nagarhole Tiger Reserve for the last 10 years. The black panther in the picture is named Saya, and she was spotted for the first time in 2015. It’s been five years since and the traces of her origin remain a mystery till day. She is the first black panther ever in Kabini, and trackers have not managed to find how she landed up here.
A Twitter profile called Earth first uploaded the pictures, and its tweet has garnered a whopping 53.1K retweets and 227K likes at the time of writing this article (July 6, 2020).
People have been showing their joy and happiness at the sight of this amazing animal. The comments section is filled with praise for the photographer and the big cat. One of the users @dsrinivas_s wrote, “Looks suspiciously a shot from The Jungle Book.” Another user @ramanachegu wrote, “Awesome! That looks like Bagheera peeking around the tree.”
Earlier this year, a Black Panther was also spotted in Goa for the first time.