Hilarious moment a snow leopard loses her cool as she is spooked by a new camera in her enclosure
- Snow leopard Jessie gets a fright when she spots new motion sensor camera
- Adorable footage taken at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire
- Park dispute that animal is overweight after online commentators say he looks chubby
This is the moment a snow leopard gets spooked by a new camera trap in her enclosure sparking her to have a hilarious reaction.
Jessie can be seen in the footage lying across some rocks in her enclosure at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire when she turns around and spots a light on the motion sensor camera.
She then whips herself back in a frenzy and anxiously begins to kick her legs and paws out fixing her gaze at the camera.
The animal park posted the video online with the caption: ‘This is the best thing you’ll see all day… Our Snow Leopard’s reaction to the new camera trap in her enclosure… Just wait for it.’
The video has racked up nearly 21,000 views and obtained lots of comments from social media users.
While a lot said that the animal was incredibly cute, a lot asked whether the Jessie was ‘overweight’.
Povilas Bertašius said: ‘That leopard looks a bit overweight though.’
Jessie can be seen lying on some rocks in her enclosure when she spots the motion sensor camera
Another commented: ‘Oh goodness, what a cute lil chubbi baby.’
The comments prompted the park to write: ‘Thank you for liking this video of our Snow Leopard Jessie. For those asking, we weigh our Snow Leopards regularly and her weight is 40kg which is average for a Snow Leopard.
‘These bigs cats are also known for having incredibly thick fur. We also have one of the best and well respected big cat vets in the world who monitors all of our cats here at Paradise Wildlife Park.’
She then whips herself into a frenzy and kicks her paws and legs apparently spooked by the light on the camera
The video has racked up nearly 21,000 views and prompted social media users to comment on how cute the snow leopard is while others said she appeared ‘overweight’
Jessie has lived in the park since 2015. She is part of an ongoing breeding programme with the park’s male snow leopard Panja.
In 2017, the status of snow leopards was changed from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the global standard for assessing extinction risk.
Jessie has lived in the park since 2015. She is part of an ongoing breeding programme with the park’s male snow leopard Panja
Experts have warned that the species still faces serious threats from poaching and habitat destruction.
Dr Tom McCarthy, who runs the Snow Leopard Programme at big cat charity Panthera said: ‘To be considered ‘endangered,’ there must be fewer than 2,500 mature snow leopards and they must be experiencing a high rate of decline,’ he explained.
He went on to say that the species still faces extinction in the wild and that the rate is still declining but not at the rate they originally thought.
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