Forest Department rescues and reunites four baby leopards with their mother

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PUNE The Forestry Department and Wildlife SOS have reunited four baby leopards, found in a sugar cane field in Kabadwadi village located in Junnar taluka of Pune, with their mother

PUNE The Forest Department and Wildlife SOS have reunited four baby leopards, found in a sugar cane field in Kabadwadi village located at Junnar taluka of Pune, with their mother. Farmers alerted authorities after spotting the cubs while harvesting cane in the village. The Junnar Forest Department called in the Wildlife SOS team from the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center for reinforcements.

Wildlife SOS veterinarian Dr Nikhil Bangar said the cubs, two females and two males, were around two months old. The cubs were taken to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center for medical examination and later reunited with their mother after finding them fit.

The team waited until nightfall to launch the operation as leopards are most active during this time. The cubs were placed in a safe and kept in the same place where they were found. Camera traps set up to monitor the cubs confirmed that they had managed to find their mother. The mother cat is seen removing her young in CCTV footage obtained in the area.

Ajit Shinde, Range Forest Officer, Junnar Division, said, “We are happy to see that the villagers are becoming more and more aware of wildlife.

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said: “Time is of the essence in these situations because the longer the cubs are separated from the mother, the more difficult it is to reunite them.

At least six cases of baby leopards found in sugar cane fields in Junnar have been reported to the forest department in the past two months.

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