National Geographic : 1986 Jun
Mammoth paws and thickly muscled shoulders of Leopard3, a subadultmale (left), illustratethe snow leopard's superb adaptationto a life of scaling steep slopes. Under sedation, the cat remains calm while Jackson makes a final check of the radiocollar (below) before release. Minutes later the groggy cat's initial attempt to leap away ends in a spill (bottom). Not all encounters went so smoothly. After collaringLeopard2, Jackson was seriously bitten on the right hand. The wound requireda trip to Kathmandufor treatment.Jackson lost a month of working time but suffered no permanent damage.