Camera captures video of rare black leopard

U.S. & World

SAN DIEGO, CA (WCMH/CNN) — Take a look at this rare cat San Diego Zoo cameras caught in Kenya. 

It may look like a normal leopard — that’s because you’re seeing it under infrared night vision, where the predator’s spots are visible. 

In daylight, this melanistic leopard, commonly known as a black leopard or panther, looks all black. 

It’s an exciting find, because stories of black leopards living in this part of Kenya have never been verified by video. 

The discovery may also force scientists to re-think how the gene mutation that turns regular leopards into panthers happens. 

Scientists thought it occurred more frequently among leopards living in densely forested habitats, where shade is more common. 

That wouldn’t explain why black leopards are now being spotted in Laikipia County, which is mostly arid. 

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