Rare black jaguar swims across Amazon river

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Shock Video: Rare Black Jaguar Swims Amazon River


A group of tourists were treated to a rare sight ... a black jaguar who swam past their boat.

What makes this video so incredible is the fact that according to the World Wildlife Fund there may only be 600 of these cats left on earth.

This video was captured during a tour of Juruena National Park, which was created by Brazil's Amazon region protected areas program, the largest tropical forest conservation project in history.

At first, people on the boat thought it was a dog, but as they got closer they realized it was a strong, male black jaguar. He was swimming across the flooded river to reach the other riverbank.

Then, the beautiful beast slipped quietly into the jungle.

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A newborn black jaguar is carried by her mother, named Venus, at the Park of the Legends zoo in Lima, Friday, May 8, 2009. The cub, born on April 14, is the fourth born in captivity in Peru and still hasn’t received a name. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)
A black jaguar with one of her two-month old cubs, at the Attica Zoo Park in Spata, east of Athens, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A newborn black Jaguar, Panthera Onca, who is two-month-old and yet to be named, plays at the Huachipa zoo in Lima, Monday, May 5, 2008. The cub is the third black Jaguar born in captivity in Peru.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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