An image showing a tiger spotted at Mizoram’s Dampa Tiger Reserve after seven years has now going viral. You may think why? Well, it is because of the unique camouflage seen in the picture.
Sharing the image on Instagram, Sanctuary Asia wrote: “Crouching Forest Guard, Hidden Tiger!
Don’t scroll past, you’re looking at a historic image! The first photographic record of a tiger in Mizoram’s Dampa Tiger Reserve in seven years! Can’t see it? Look a little closer, and leave a comment when you find it.”
The black and white image from the tiger reserve shows thick forests. That’s what you think at first glance, but on closer look, once can see a big cat hiding behind the thick vegetation.
Veteran conservationist Zakhuma Don set up a cameratrap in February 2021 and retrieved it three months later. When going through the images, he found the picture of the tiger and sent it forward to the authorities for confirmation.
Wildlife Institute of India’s Department of Endangered Species Management ultimately confirmed that Zakhuma has indeed photographed a tiger in Dampa.
Shared two days ago, the image has attracted the attention of netizens who spent quite a while trying to figure out the hidden tiger. (I still can’t spot it).
Check the image yourself and find the tiger!