Forest department rescues two leopard cubs in Junnar; reunites with mother
The cubs were safe and managed to climb a stone wall just above the water surface.pune Updated: Jan 20, 2018 20:41 IST
Forest department officials and Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre (MLRC) successfully rescued two leopard cubs, approximately 4-5 months old, from a 15-feet well at Pimpalwadi, Junnar on Thursday evening and on Friday they were reunited with their mother.
As per forest sources, Suresh Pote, a resident of Pimpalwadi found the cubs in the well on Thursday.
The cubs were safe and managed to climb a stone wall just above the water surface. Sensing the danger that their mother might be lurking around, Pote contacted forest officer Sachin Raghatwan.
Officials from Forest department along with MLRC team reached the spot. They first tried to put the cubs in basket by climbing down to the stone wall. But it didn’t solve purpose as the scared cubs were running away from the rescuers.
Finally, they arranged a stick trap and dragged the cubs out of well. They were taken to MLRC for the check-up.
“These cubs must have fallen into well while following their mother. They were healthy and didn’t have any injury. There was a possibility of their mother searching for them in the area and hence for prevention of any other incident, we decided to put the cubs back in the area.
“The moment we released the cubs, they ran into the nearby sugarcane field. After a while we witnessed their mother accompanying them. It proved that the mother was waiting for the cubs and everything went smooth,” said, Dr Ajay Deshmukh, senior veterinarian, MLRC.
The reunion of leopard cubs with their mothers has turned out to be a big step in avoiding the human-animal conflict and since 2009, the MLRC have initiated in such operations and have reunited 46 cubs to their mothers so far.
Awareness through social media
The MLRC is not only active in rescuing and treating the animals but they are trying to minimise the conflict between human and animals and hence they have been engaged in having seminars, workshops and lectures to spread awareness about the conflicts.
To reach out maximum people, they recently started their campaign on social media.
Dr Deshmukh has created a page ‘Leopard awareness’ and has been posting small informative messages, videos and photos. This page is being well received by the environmentalists.