Watch rare footage of a black panther spotted in Kenya

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The images confirm reports of sightings in Laikipia County.

A rare black leopard has been captured on camera in Kenya.

The big cat, also known as a black panther, was pictured by remote cameras in Laikipia County which were set up to study the dynamics of leopard populations after reports of sightings in the area.

“It’s exciting to see black leopards on our cameras — and more research into their melanism is needed, so we can understand why they occur here.”

Black leopards are a result of a genetic mutation called melanism.

It causes the animal’s coat to appear completely black in daytime, though their distinctive pattern is visible in infrared footage.

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