A story released by National Geographic is not sitting well with netizens!
The story in question claims that it’s been over 100 years since the rare and endangered black leopard was spotted in Africa.
This comes after the famous black leopard was photographed by Nick Pilfold, a biologist currently based at the Loisaba Conservancy in Laikipia.
In response, Kenyans took to Twitter to air their discontent and dispute the story.
The headlined published by the international organization claims that this is the first time that the rare black leopard has been spotted in the country in over 100 years.
On the contrary, there has been a sighting of this rare leopard as recently as 2017, which was taken in Addis Ababa, and is currently housed in Washington DC at the National Museum of National History.
Understandably, Kenyans were not pleased with the ludicrous comment on Twitter.
In 2013 @dailynation photographer Phoebe Okall @okallkinya1 shot this picture of a black leopard in Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy. She was on a news assignment with her basic gear, spotted the cat and shot the pic. 2013. First time in almost 100 years goes to @okallkinya1 then. pic.twitter.com/FngtHiI6OO
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) February 13, 2019
We thank social media because in 100 years the history books would have said a white man discovered a black leopard in Kenya.
— misandrist (@bintiM) February 13, 2019
Seriously? @NatGeo Headline: “Black Leopard spotted in Africa for first time in 100 years”
Pics of melanistic leopards almost never existed in the wild of Africa to date,but now they do thanks to Will Burrard-Lucas (cam trap pix tho) in the bushlands of Loisaba Conservancy,Kenya pic.twitter.com/5ydcQkOzlY
— Caroline Kere (@carolinekere) February 13, 2019
This is complete nonsense from @NatGeo @NatGeoMag Black (melanistic) leopard was, for example, regularly seen at #LewaDowns Conservancy in early 2000s, and were confirmed sightings of others elsewhere in #Kenya. Rare – yes. ‘First time in 100 years’? Pull the other one.
— Edward Paice (@EdPaiceARI) February 12, 2019