Spot the snow leopard

This picture comes from a tweet by Shannon Kachel (a Ph.D. student in wildlife ecology at the University of Washington); he apparently studies snow leopards. His tweet was called “snow leopard or rock?” and there is a cat in the photo below. Can you spot it?

Answer at noon Chicago time. I consider this one on the easy side of medium. Click photo to enlarge.

Thanks to Matthew Cobb for alerting me to the tw**t.


  1. GBJames
    Posted December 3, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I see it!

    I’m not sure if the photo being in black and white made it easier for me or not.

  2. Ray Little
    Posted December 3, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Behind/above the big roundish rock at lower left. And you’re right, it’s pretty easy.

  3. Posted December 3, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    He needs to hide that tail.

  4. Posted December 3, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    There are actually TWO snow leopards in this picture. There is another above the one that is easy to see.

    • Posted December 3, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Are you sure you aren’t looking at a rock? I’ve gone up and down that picture and only see the one cat.

      • Posted December 3, 2017 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        Pretty sure. (Sure as one can be with these pictures.) Upper left center lying on the diagonally-sloping rock ledge. You can see some stripes on his long tail. Follow up and you will see his face in profile in the sun.

        • Posted December 3, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

          I dunno. I thought I saw what you were referring to (which I’d call a rock) but then I didn’t see anything like a rail so perhaps it wasn’t what you meant after all. I guess I’ll wait for the official answer post. At the least the bottom one is easy to see. I got it almost immediately.

    • Serendipitydawg
      Posted December 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

      If you are referring to top and centre, that is what I took to be the leopard. I missed the other one completely!

      • Posted December 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

        I think I was wrong–seeing things. I’m going to eat my Virgin Mary toast now.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted December 3, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

          You mush have some phenomenal taste buds – being able to tell she’s a virgin from the taste of a burn mark in her shape in some toast.
          Maybe some pheremonal taste buds?

          • Posted December 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

            I have catholic tastes. When I consume bread and wine, they taste like flesh and blood to me.

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