A very realistic animatronic leopard has astonished people at London's Trafalgar Square.
The 50 kilogram, 1.3-meter-long robot was built in a bid to highlight the plight of the species. Named Lily it has an aluminum frame, a skeleton made from light fiberglass and a latex-silicon skin.
The leopard lookalike has over 40 moving parts and is remotely controlled by three operators. It can't walk, but it can roar, blink and twitch its tail. Its creators say the most difficult part of bringing the big cat to life was creating its coat.
Organizers say the event mirrors the threats faced by the animals that are endangered because of poaching, habitat loss and attacks from people.