A five-month-old leopard cub was found injured and trapped in a wire snare along the Delhi-Gurgaon border on Sunday. The cub was sent to Agra for medical treatment after inspection by experts.
The cub was transferred to Agra after obtaining permits from the forest department. Geeta Seshamani, co-founder Wildlife SOS said, “Veterinarians at our hospital in the Agra Bear Rescue facility have set the fracture sustained by the cub. We hope it heals soon so the cub can be reunited with its mother.”
After being alerted by the police and the forest department, a Wildlife SOS team rushed to the spot and found the cub in the snare.
The cub had earlier been sighted by local farmers with a sibling and its mother, an SOS official said.
Wildlife SOS Veterinary Officer Dr Abhishek Singh, who heads the Gurgaon Rescue Centre, said “The baby leopard was found severely traumatised and requires extensive medical care”.
Dr Ilayaraja S, senior veterinary officer with Wildlife SOS, said, “The cub is in severe distress with a right forelimb humerus and ulna bone fracture. It has also been diagnosed with anaemia and is currently under treatment.”
Taking note of the presence of “illegal” wire snares at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, Wildlife SOS said it will write to the police commissioners asking them to look out for similar “weapons” in other areas.
“While it’s great news to know that a wild leopard population exists on the periphery of Delhi, it is alarming to learn that snares are being used in the capital. The use of such snares and traps are illegal. We will be requesting the Delhi and Gurgaon police commissioners to send a circular to all police stations to look out for such weapons in their jurisdiction,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of Wildlife SOS.