A teeny, 90-day-old male leopard cub, separated from his mama, was rescued on Saturday from a sugarcane field near Sangamner, Ahmednagar district in India.
After a farmer from the area spotted the cub, he alerted the forest department and a rescue team from NGO Wildlife SOS' Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre rushed out to rescue the tiny cub.
"When we arrived at the location, the cub was trembling with fear and hunger," said SW Upasane, local forest guard. "We decided to feed him milk and water while we waited for the mother to return for her cub. However, she failed to show up hours later."
As you can see, the little tyke was more than grateful to be fed!
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Veterinarians said that cubs this young can't survive on their own and need temporary foster care. "Since it is so young, the cub has been longing for its mother. We are currently attempting to release it back in that location, hoping that it might reunite with its mother," said Dr. Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinarian, Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre.
Dr. Deshmuckh added that after conducting a medical examination for ticks and injuries, the cub was found to be in good health.
Members from Wildlife SOS said that over the last two years, the group had successfully reunited over 40 cubs who were lost, injured or separated from their mothers. "We hope to make the same possible for this cub, but heavy rains in the region have made it slightly difficult for us to complete the operation."
Still it's clear that the wee babe is in good hands for now. Here's hoping that he and his mama are together again soon!
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