A snow leopard Image by Saurabh Desai has gone viral on social media

A photograph of a snow leopard clicked by wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai has gone viral on social media after many netizens found it hard to spot the animal on a rocky mountain with patches of snow.

Desai, who clicked the photograph during his visit to the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, shared the image on his Instagram account with the caption “Art of camouflage.

Saurabh Desai visited the Kibber village, believed to be the highest motorable village in the world, and caught a glimpse of the snow leopard at a place 8 km from the village.

The image soon went viral, garnering over 16,000 likes. Many netizens found it difficult to spot the camouflaged big cat and challenged their friends to do the same. “Man. I have been staring at it for a while. What the hell is it,” wrote one Instagram user, while another user said: “Was taken aback when I noticed those eyes! Inspired!”

Native to the mountain ranges of Central & South Asia, snow leopards use their camouflaging skills to ambush their prey. They have also earned the title of “Ghosts of the Mountains”.