Gorgeous Rare "Strawberry" Leopard

And they say a leopard can’t change its spots. A genetic first has been discovered on a game reserve in South Africa.

Tourists to South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve have been saying there was a red leopard on the property but until photographer Deon De Villiers snapped this photo there was no proof.

Experts believe the male leopard’s unusual hue is due to a genetic condition known as Erythrism that can cause an over-production of red skin pigment though it’s not been documented before in leopards.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

This post was created by a user and has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can post awesome lists and creations. Learn more or post your buzz!

  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing