Once In A Lifetime Photo Captures Leopard And Panther Couple In Wild

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 26 Jul 2020 18:24
Once In A Lifetime Photo Captures Leopard And Panther Couple In Wildmithunhphotography/Instagram

A couple of big cats have gone viral after a wildlife photographer captured stunning images of a leopard and a black panther, who have chosen each other as mates.

The incredible pictures were taken by Mithun H, who was delighted to be able to document the pair who he has hailed ‘The Eternal Couple’.


They are said to have been mates for some time, after being spotted roaming around the jungles of Kabini in Karnatak, India, many times over the last four years.

While Mithun had already previously caught Saaya the panther and Cleopatra the leopard on film as individuals, this is the first time he managed to capture them as a couple, and the results are absolutely breathtaking.

Sharing the photos on Instagram, Mithun wrote:


Saaya and Cleopatra have been courting since 4 years now and whenever they are together it’s a sight to behold.

The forest comes alive as they trot nonchalantly in his fabled kingdom. Usually in the courting pairs generally it is the Male who takes charge and moves around with the female following close behind. But with this couple it was definitely Cleo who was in charge while the Panther followed.

This was shot on a surreal winter morning when a single Deer alarm led me to this breathtaking sight.


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Unsurprisingly, the post has been inundated with comments from people who were taken aback with the outstanding imagery.

The pictures were taken at the Kabini Forest Reserve, which is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Karnataka.


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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: Animals, Black Panther, India, Leopard, Now


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