Abhishek didn't have high hopes about spotting animals during his two-day safari trip with his parents during the month of June but little did he know, he'd get lucky and he'd end up spotting a rare black leopard, that too on his first safari trip.
It's a melanistic leopard, which we call black panther. We had around 20 minutes of sighting, after waiting for over 2 hours. It was clicked in Maharashtra's Tadoba Reserve at around 5 pm in June: Abhishek Pagnis, a photographer from Pune who shot the viral black panther photo pic.twitter.com/RPOY6wJ7Ir— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2020
While talking about his experience of clicking the wild cat which went viral all over social media, Abhishek Pagnis said:
It was my first ever wildlife trip where we were looking mostly for tigers. We started looking for leopard on our last day of safari after having enough sighting of tigers.
Professional wildlife photographers spend countless hours to catch a glimpse of such rare animals so, you can imagine how lucky Abhishek got. It was an incredible moment for him and an unforgettable experience that will always remain close to his heart. He said:
I knew there are black leopards but I was very lucky to have spotted it during my first safari trip. I was very lucky as I could see it for 40 minutes. I witnessed it drinking water from a pond, marking its territory and stalking langurs and monkeys. It was a brilliant experience.
Twitter was also amazed with these pictures. Here's what they had to say.
Worth the wait:)— Nadeem Nusrath (@NadeemNusrath1) July 30, 2020
Damn awesome click, hats off to the photographer— संवाद (@ankitmathur4u) July 30, 2020
Just amazing.— Nitesh kumar (@niteshkumar027) July 30, 2020