Pune: Officials of the Shirur Forest Department and Wildlife SOS were successful in uniting four leopard cubs with their mother in Takali Haji village located in Shirur on Sunday.
Some farmers of
Takali Haji village found four tiny leopard cubs while they were out for harvesting their sugarcane crops.
They immediately reported the incident to the Forest Department, following which Range Forest Officer Tushar Dhamdhere reached out to the Wildlife SOS team operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre in Junnar for assistance.
A team of four Wildlife SOS rescuers including three Forest officers rushed to the location. Wildlife SOS’ senior
veterinarian Dr Ajay Deshmukh conducted a meticulous examination for ticks and injuries and found the cubs to be healthy and fit for release.
They were identified as two males and two females around 20 days old. The Wildlife SOS team arranged for the cubs to be reunited with their mother.
“The cubs were carefully placed in a safe box and after about an hour of waiting, a female leopard cautiously emerged from the forest and after checking her cubs, carefully carried them away to a safer place,” said Dr Ajay Deshmukh, Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife SOS Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre.
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS said, “We would like to ensure that leopard cubs that get separated from their mothers don’t end up in captivity. We want them living freely in their natural habitat and to learn the skills of survival in the wild.”
Tushar Dhamdhere, Range Forest Officer (Shirur) said, “The experience of Wildlife SOS helped in successfully reuniting leopard cubs with their mother.”