Friday, November 13, 2009

India: Leopard abandons cubs to death

Prithviraj Singh - Dehradun
DEHRADUN - Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two newborn abandoned leopard cubs died within 24 hours of their birth near Bhawana village at Dhanolti range in Mussoorie forest division. While one of the cubs died on Saturday, the other cub died on Sunday afternoon. The forest officials did not rescue the cubs, expecting the mother leopard to take them back into the forest.

The mother leopard had abandoned the cubs after the birth near Bhawana village. Incident was reported at Dhanolti range of Mussoorie Forest Division.

The Mussoorie forest division sources said that fearing public glare; the mother leopard abandoned the cubs and went inside the forest area. Locals spotted the newborns and informed the forest officials. Dhanolti range officer and DFO reached the spot with a team of forest officials and cordoned the place.

People preferred not to disturb the cubs, as they were expecting the leopard to return and take the cubs back. First cub died within a few hours of birth on Saturday while the second cub died on Sunday afternoon, said BP Gupta, Conservator Yamuna circle. Gupta expressed concern over cubs’ death and said, “We thought, the mother leopard will take them back into the forest and therefore, did not rescue them.”

After Dhanolti cubs' death, number of leopard death in the State in last fortnight has reached five. Last week two leopards died in Rudraprayag forest division. One was shot after it was declared a man eater, while the second one was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Besides, a leopard was found dead in Someshwar range of Amora Forest Division. A leopard also died after it was hit by a vehicle near a temple on Paulgarh-Kotabagh Road in Nainital.


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