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AKIPRESS.COM - Photographer Mike Birkhead was among the group that witnessed the fall of a snow leopard in the Himalayas.
"No one had seen anything like it," Birkhead wrote on Facebook. "We watched [the leopard] for another 20 minutes as it walked across a snow face and then disappeared into a cave."
"The snow leopard is an elusive species, very hard to find, very hard to film," says the team. "To our knowledge there are no recorded statistics about frequency of falls. However, logic would say that they probably do fall from time to time, given the ruggedness of the environment."
In the Himalayas, snow leopards are usually found between 3,000 and 5,400 metres above sea level.