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Photographer Captures Images Of Rare Black Leopard In Kenya

Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas set up sensors to detect the animal in order to get the remarkable pictures.

A rarely-sighted black leopard has been captured on camera in Kenya by a wildlife photographer who told Reuters it was a "stunning subject to photograph at night".

The cat is described as 'black' because of the higher levels of melanin or dark pigment in its fur, but the characteristic leopard spots can still be seen on the animal's coat.

Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas set up sensors to detect the animal in order to get the remarkable pictures. Image: Will Burrard-Lucas / Camtraptions Ltd

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Will Burrard-Lucas took the pictures in January 2019, by setting up sensors to detect the animal and then automatically triggered the camera and flash to capture the images, Lucas said.

Scientists had assumed that a black coat was an evolutionary response to leopards moving out of the dense forests where their spots camouflage them. Image: Will Burrard-Lucas / Camtraptions Ltd

A San Diego Zoo researcher who was in the area took video of the animal and confirmed the sighting of the creature.

The zoo also said that most observations of the animal had been in Southeast Asia up until this point.