Wildlife SOS - Junnar Leopard Centre Update
A few days ago the Wildlife SOS Junnar Leopard Centre received a young male Leopard, thought to be 2-3 years old, with an injured left eye. The Leopard has almost no vision in the eye, where the problem seems to be corneal ulceration, and while he is being treated for the same it is too early to know whether vision can be restored.
He fell victim to mob fury when he strayed into a village in Nashik, a little over 3 hours drive from the Leopard Centre, with villagers armed with sticks and rods encircling and trapping him before he was thrashed to within an inch of his life.
Fortunately the local Forest Department was able to intervene and prevail over the situation making it possible to rescue the animal before it was too late. He was immediately sent to the Wildlife SOS Leopard Rescue Centre for treatment and recuperation where he is now under the care of Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, Veterinary Officer and Centre Manager, Wildlife SOS Leopard Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre.
Apparently the Leopard attacked a village elder in panic and defense, and we are keeping in touch with the Forest Department and monitoring the situation to understand whether the Leopard can be released back into his natural habitat.
Wildlife SOS will ensure that the animal is fit and healthy before making the decision to send him back to his home territory. Every effort will be made to make sure the animal can be rehabilitated in the wild and not condemned to a life behind bars.
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