Abhishek Pangis, an engineer student on his first safari trip in India, captured the most stunning images of the rare black leopard.
"I hadn't seen anything so beautiful, I was completely stunned. Usually people have seen it around for two or three minutes but I was very lucky as I could see it for 40 minutes," Pangis tells LADBible
" I witnessed it drinking water from a pond, marking its territory and stalking langurs and monkeys. It was a brilliant experience," Pangis continued.
It was 113F (45C) outside when the black leopard was spotted, in need of water.
The beautiful dark coat is caused by "melanism." Melanism is when extra black pigments develop in the skin, hair, due to a recessive genetic mutation.
Another wildlife photographer, Mithun Hunugund, at the Kabini, Karnataka reverse in India, captured this once-in-a-lifetime photo of a female leopard being shadowed by her black panther partner.