Leopard cubs reunion

Mar 21, 2011   //   by van   //   Featured  //  2 Comments

A mother’s care is THE most important element for the successful survival of any young one, especially if the young one totally depends on its mother for food, warmth, shelter, training and protection.

Leopard Cubs are such that their survival depends totally on their mother, until they can fend for themselves.

Growing Human Population and their high ambitions have resulted in more and more encroachments into forest lands and destruction of wildlife habitats.

Leopards being Territorial, usually stay or hang about in and around their habitat even if villagers have occupied their places. They live, breed and survive in such encroached places as they have no other go. Sugarcane fields and farms are examples of such places where they are forced to live.

Cubs littered in such places are many times seen by the co-habiting humans and are smuggled away from the mother either out of sheer curiosity or out of an idea that the mother leopard would be deprived of a reason to live in their fields if her cubs are taken away.

Such cubs, separated from their mothers are generally deposited with Zoos where they either survive to live their entire lifetime in captivity behind bars for no mistake of theirs or die very young due to the high mortality rate in the absence of the mother.

To bring a change in this scenario, we decided to attempt at reviving and strengthening the practice of Reunion of Separated Cubs back with their mothers.

The Forest department was very much for Reunions as it would not only put the cubs back where they ought to be but also avoid lot of expenditure on the exchequer for the rehab and life time care of such cubs picked by the villagers.

We have successfully reunited 6 such Leopard cubs in various parts of Karnataka back with their mother leopards.

Cubs are happy. Mother Leopards are happy. Forest department is happy. So are People who care for Nature.

2 Comments

  • i really…likes this blog

  • Nice work reuniting the cubs with their mothers. The mothers also get highly aggressive without their cubs.

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