Video from the Field: Unruly Snow Leopard Cubs in Pakistan

Today, as many as 400 snow leopards are believed to exist across the two northernmost provinces of Pakistan, and recently, scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and the Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF), whom Panthera partners with in the country, were lucky enough to capture two of these extremely elusive cats on camera. After retrieving digital images from camera traps set up in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, the researchers were amused to find a series of photos showing a snow leopard cub sniffing and then upending an SLF camera trap! While the movement of the camera trap during this snow leopard cub’s “inspection” left SLF’s scientists with photos of the sky, rather than passing wildlife, it also confirmed the presence of another snow leopard cub, pictured above, innocently watching its sibling playing with the camera trap.

Read the full story in Panthera's April 2012 newsletter, "Video from the Field: Unruly Snow Leopard Cubs in Pakistan."