Since 2014, wildlife filmmaker and photographer Mithun H has searched for Saya, a black panther that’s been eluding his admirers in the Kabini Forest in India for years. After camping out in the area for six days recently, the photographer captured an image of Saya, alongside his leopard companion, Cleopatra.
Mithun H notes that the couple has been together for four years and has an feline atypical relationship. “Usually in the courting pairs generally it is the male who takes charge and moves around with the female following close behind. But with this couple, it was definitely Cleo who was in charge while the panther followed,” he wrote on Instagram.
Mithun H has previously worked with National Geographic Wild on The Real Black Panther, which follows Saya’s life.