It was in the year of 1909 when a stranger black leopard It was seen in Africa, and since then the animal became only a legend, until now.
And it is that 110 years later, a new specimen of this rare species appeared in Kenya, where it could be photographed by the British Will Burrard-Lucas.
Everything was achieved thanks to a series of traps with which the photographer attracted this peculiar feline, and to achieve the images, a special equipment was installed that included wireless motion sensors, high quality DSLR cameras and several flashes.
The cameras captured a young black female, who was walking through the plains of Laikipia, in Kenya, with a larger leopard, of normal color, that would be his mother.
"What an awesome animal!" Wrote Burrard-Lucas in Twitter, where he shared some of his photographs.
Interestingly, shortly before Burrad-Lucas released his images, a team of scientists from the Conservation Research Institute of San Diego and the Loisaba Conservancy of Kenya had published an article in the scientific journal African Journal of Ecology confirming the presence of a black African leopard.
Nick Pilfold, a global scientist at the San Diego Zoo, said a team of biologists had placed remote-controlled wildlife cameras to track the leopard population near the Loisaba Conservation Site in Laikipia County last year, when They heard unconfirmed reports of a possible sighting of a black leopard.
The black leopards may have been living in Kenya all the time, but until now there were no images confirming the observations, Pilfold said.
According to National Geographic, this species is distinguished by melanism, a condition opposed to albinism, and this is "the result of a gene that causes an excess of pigment in the skin or hair of an animal to appear black."
Vincent Naude, coordinator of the leopard genetic forensic research project of the non-profit organization Panthera, told NatGeo that the black leopard is a night owl, which, added to his very atypical appearances, makes it very difficult to get a good photograph.