Rare close-up footage of the snow leopard, one of the world’s most endangered species, has emerged.
Taken using a hidden camera, the footage shows a snow leopard in the mountains of Qinghai Province, China.
The images were captured on infrared cameras by wildlife photographer Matse Rangja, who has only managed to film the leopard once before in eight years.
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Rangja hide the infrared camera between two rocks, so he could be out of sight and not scare the animal away.
The video shows a curious snow leopard sniffing around the rock and then walking over to the camera to check it out.
Snow leopards are rarely seen by humans and are listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s red list of threatened species.
It is estimated the total worldwide population is only around the 5,000 mark.
Attribution: Paul Milligan, Mail Online