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The so-called “king leopard” pictured above was captured on a camera trap in the Parambikulam forests of the Palakkad district of Kerala, India, in July of 2012. The strange coat pattern is likely the result of a genetic mutation, similar to that of the more commonly-recognized king cheetah of Africa. 

Following the stunning discovery of a “strawberry”-colored leopard earlier in 2012, this is the second unique genetic aberration documented among these cats last year alone.