Camera trap captures the moment a snow leopard walks in its natural environment in the Altai-Sayan Mountains

Footage obtained from a camera trap on the Russian-Mongolian border captured a rare snow leopard in its natural environment.

The video, filmed in the Altai-Sayan Mountains, shows the rare big cat examining the camera near to the filmer's tent.

The filmer later wrote online: "Snow leopards have evolved to live in some of the harshest conditions on Earth.

"Their white-gray coat spotted with large black rosettes blends in perfectly with the steep and rocky mountains of Central Asia.

"The snow leopard’s powerful build allows it to scale great steep slopes with ease. Its hind legs give the snow leopard the ability to leap six times the length of its body.

"A long tail provides balance and agility and also wraps around the resting snow leopard as protection from the cold.

Watch the video to see footage of this amazing rare big cat.


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