A group of skiers had quite the scare as they skied down a mountain in Gulmarg, in the northern state of Jammy and Kashmir. Owen Lansbury from Australia filmed the surprising and tense encounter with a snow leopard.
American tour guide, Dave Marchi almost ran over the animal who was camouflaged by the snow. In the video, you can hear a woman telling Lansbury to stop skiing. The peaceful stand-off didn’t last long. “I stopped just as it huddled in the snow, where it stayed for about a minute checking us out,” says the 42-year-old.
Snow leopards live in the mountains in Central Asia, found in altitudes from 9,000 to 16,000 feet. The large cat is an endangered species due to poaching, loss of habitat, and climate change. It is estimated there are only about 6,000 snow leopards left in the world. The king of the mountain left the group alone but not before letting out a “solid roar.”