The efforts in the Aarey colony to reunite a baby leopard with its mother
Officials from the forestry department and residents of the Aarey milk colony are making every effort to reunite a 2-month-old baby leopard, found nearby on Tuesday, with its mother. The cub was placed in a basket but, according to the authorities, no leopard had approached it on Tuesday evening. In addition, no observations were recorded in the cameras installed near the site. The authorities will now try again to reunite the little one with his mother on Wednesday evening.
The leopard was spotted and rescued by residents near the former Metro Car hangar in Aarey’s milk colony on Tuesday evening.
The barking of dogs had alerted the inhabitants. While inspecting the area, near where the Metro carport was to be located on the way to the Tapeshwar temple, they spotted the little one and alerted the forestry department officials, local police and volunteers. . But before anyone could arrive, the local population, fearing an attack on the cub by the dogs, put him to safety in a basket after sweeping the area for the adult leopard to arrive.
Speaking to PTI, Sailesh Pethe, veterinarian and deputy commissioner (wildlife), livestock department, said the cub is currently in a hospital inside the park and is being treated. “Yesterday we tried to reunite the little one with his mother. But she did not show up to the place where the little one was found. Another attempt will be made this (Wednesday) evening, ”he said.
Officers have installed cameras around where the cub is placed in the basket to monitor its movements at night and make sure it is not attacked by other animals.
Earlier this year, a baby leopard was found in a desolate godown in Powai. Initially, it was thought that he had been abandoned by the mother.
However, the camera trap in the area later revealed that the mother dropped the youngster there to keep him safe. The lion cub stayed there all day while his mother went hunting and returned to breastfeed him. Pictures showed that the mother regularly visited the cub.
Last year, the Maharashtra Forest Department’s longest attempt to reunite four leopards with their mother over a 16-day period failed in Akola. The department then transferred the abandoned 45-day-old cubs to the Gorewada Rescue Center in Nagpur.