Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Snow leopards are slightly smaller than their African counterparts, but are every bit as deadly to their prey. In fact, these extraordinary cats, which live in high-altitude regions in Central and South Asia have perfected a skill which, though present, is not nearly as pronounced in other big cats.

To get a sense of what I have in mind, all you have to do is take a look at the amazing photos that follow. They document a large cat, which roams its territory in silence, visible only to its prey, but not until the leopard pounces on it, at which point it is too late for the hapless victim whose fate has by now been sealed. It is the first successful snow leopard hunt caught on tape ever! Oh, and the invisible big cat is so beautiful!

If you can’t see the leopard in the first few photos (which you won’t!), scroll down to see where it was actually hiding. And make sure you watch the video below.

1. Can you spot him? Barely distinguishable from the grey mountain side, snow leopards’ stealth has earned them the sinister sobriquet ‘the grey ghosts of the Himalayas’.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. The big cat is difficult to spot as he slowly stalks a couple of blue sheep in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. Its body coiled like a spring, the leopard waits for the right moment before breaking cover and pouncing on the unsuspecting sheep below.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. The snow leopard bounds down the mountainside, with its blue sheep prey making a desperate run for it.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. The leopard rapidly closes in on the hapless animal with a giant leap from on outcrop to the next.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. The desperate sheep tries to get away, but cannot open up a good lead on the leopard.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. The desperate sheep changes direction in the hope that it can wrongfoot the advancing snow leopard.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. Even in the difficult mountain terrain, there is no way it can outrun the determined predator on its heels.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

9. Finally, in a cloud of dust and gravel kicked up in the chase, the hungry cat catches up with his prey.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

10. The animal desperately tries to flee, but at this stage there is no escape from the crafty predator.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

11. The snow leopard sinks his teeth into the blue sheep and drags the doomed animal down the mountainside.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

12. He pauses for a second over the felled beast, catching his breath, before beginning the meal he has worked so hard for.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

13. The predator drags off the dead blue sheep to a spot where he can feast in private.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

14. Did you spot him? The snow leopard began his mission hiding behind this rocky outcrop, peering down at the blue sheep below.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

15. Here the circle shows how the predator blended in with the rock of the mountainside, his oblivious prey grazing below.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

16. This picture shows how the animal’s distinctive markings camouflage him against the patters of the rocks.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

17. This picture shows another snow leopard stalking the Himalayan foothills.

Unique Photos Show What Makes A Snow Leopard A Successful Hunter. The Cat Is Invisible To Its Prey!

Source: The Daily Mail.

And here is the one-of-a-kind video:

Share these unique snow leopard images with your friends below — no one had caught the cat in the act of killing its prey before!