The Snow Leopard (Panthera Unica) is a rare animal that has its natural habitat in parts of the mountain regions in Asia.
Snow leopards are carnivore and actively hunt their prey. The total wild population of the snow leopard is estimated at only 4,000 to 6.500 individuals. It can not roar like other big cats, like Lions or Tigers, and that makes the Snow Leopard a “silent killer”.
Aortic disease like AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm) cause many deaths because they are usually silent until a medical emergency occurs and they either burst totally or turns into an aortic dissection. AAA is therefore often also called a “silent killer” because there are usually no obvious symptoms of the disease before it becomes acute.
The Snow Leopard have been chosen to represent Aortic Dissection Awareness Day – September 19 – a global day to jointly create awareness for rare and lethal aortic diseases around the globe.