After forest officials failed to find the mother of two-month-old male leopard cub, rescued from a sugarcane field at Nashik, Maharashtra in the last week of February, the cub was sent to a rescue centre on Wednesday.
This is the second incident this year from the same area after a four-month-old female leopard was rescued from a sugarcane field in January.
The cub was spotted by farmers near Mhalsa Kore village, who informed the forest department. According to forest department officials, several attempts were made by veterinarians from NGO Wildlife SOS and forest officials to reunite the lost cub with its mother, but the female leopard did not return to the site in search for her missing cub.
The young cub was transferred to Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre, Junnar that houses 34 rescued leopards.
Veterinarians from Wildlife SOS said the cub was weak and has been fed multivitamin supplements. “We will have to hand-rear her as she cannot be returned to the wild,” said Vinay Deshmukh, veterinarian.