Leopard rescued; 2 cubs united with mom in India

In rising concern for wild animals in India, a leopard was rescued and two cubs united with their mother by people in two incidents at places located over 1,000 km apart.

In the first case, an adult male leopard, which fell into a trap laid by poachers, was saved by forest officials in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Friday.

According to a report, a senior wildlife official said that labourers found the leopard in a trap at the Telipara tea garden on Friday morning.

They informed the wildlife department officials who tranquilised the animal and lifted it from the trap. The injured cat was attended to and later released at the tiger rescue Centre in Gorumara forest in east India.

In the second incident, a farmer in Maharashtra in west India saw a pair of leopard cubs hidden in the fields. He told the forest officer in Shirur sub-division about it.

Shirur is an administrative sub-division of Pune district. Shirur City is located one east boundary of the Pune district on the banks of Ghod river.

After the officer reached Taklihaji village, he also sought help of Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre.

They took the cubs, placed them in a crate below a tree. The mother of the cubs came late in the evening and took them away.

Wildlife SOS veterinary officer Dr Ajay Deshmukh based in Manikdoh Centre, who reached the spot around 2 pm, said that initially, the villagers insisted that the rescue team capture the mother and cubs, and take them away.