Much to the delight of wild life enthusiasts, a black panther was spotted in Sundergarh forest in Odisha.
It is said to be the first time that this elegant predator was spotted.
This was also confirmed by the Forest Department.
Wild life experts said that black panther or melanistic leopard as it is called, was captured on camera while roaming in the forest.
The camera trap was installed at the Garjanpahad Reserve Forest under Hemgir in Sundargarh Forest Division.
It is speculated that the footage may have been captured a week ago.
Melanistic leopards or black panthers are also found in other states like Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
It is a remotely activated camera that is equipped with a motion sensor or an infrared sensor, or uses a light beam as a trigger to capture wild animals on film when researchers are not present.>