Gorgeous “Strawberry” Leopard Discovered
We all know a leopard can’t change its spots, but it looks as if it can change its color… African leopards normally have tawny coats with black spots. But a male leopard with a strawberry-colored coat has been spotted in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve.
Panthera President Luke Hunter suspects the pale leopard has erythrism, a little-understood genetic condition that’s thought to cause either an overproduction of red pigments or an underproduction of dark pigments.
“It’s really rare—I don’t know of another credible example in leopards,” said Hunter, whose group collaborates with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.
Don’t see much of a difference? Take a look at what a normal leopard looks like bellow.