People are struggling for leopard cub’s life
One year old Amur leopard cub with an injured front paw was found on the territory of “Land of the Leopard” National Park on the border with China. According to experts, the cub lost its fingers getting into a poacher’s trap or a snare.
As informed by the “Land of the Leopard” National Park press service, it were Russian border guards who first found the kitten. They spotted a leopard tossing around one place not leaving the area. Having realized that there is something wrong with the animal, the border guards reported on the incident to “Land of the Leopard” authorities. The national park staff shortly arrived at the site together with the experts from the provincial Environment Control Agency (Rosprirodnadzor), WCS and the experts from veterinary station.
“I instantly had a flashback in 1996, - says Vasily Solkin, deputy head on communications of WWF Russia Amur branch. – That time we captured a beautiful adult leopardess with obvious signs of getting into a poacher’s trap. We found the best doctors. To avoid gangrene, they had to amputate the fingers on the front paw. The animal’s life was saved. In short, exactly the same situation like today! But what happened next was a tragedy. While Lucie (she was given this name) waited for the plane to land from the Moscow Zoo, a poacher shot it straight in the cage and tried to escape with the trophy. He could not get away nether from rangers’ anger, nor from jail ... I really hope that times changed. And this kitten’s future will be cloudless”.
According to the “Land of the Leopard” National Park press service, veterinarians from around the world are involved in the remote discussion on the further treatment for the animal. Research officers of “Land of the Leopard” National Park are getting timely online consultations from the best specialists with wide experience in big cats treatment, including the chief veterinarian of the Moscow Zoo.
“WWF has immediately provided financial support necessary for the treatment. Let's wish a quickest recovery to the kitten, - says Pavel Fomenko, biodiversity conservation program coordinator of WWF Russia Amur branch. - I hope that the decision on the future of the leopard will be taken carefully and collectively taking into consideration a broad range of experts.”