IN a miraculous and rare reunion, three leopard cubs were successfully traced and reunited with their mother at Bhramanwada village at Niphad taluka in Nashik district on Sunday. Two female and one male cub, believed to be 20-day-old, were first spotted by the villagers lost amidst thick sugarcane fields on November 8.
With winter approaching, it is also the time when cane crushing commences and spotting of leopard is common in this part of the state. The villagers first contacted the local forest officer, Sanjay Bhandari, who tried various ways, along with his team, to reunite the mother with the cubs. However, with each passing day, the villagers too were losing patience and finding it increasingly unsafe. “At first, the villagers were persistent to take away the leopard cubs from their fields. They were explained the advantage of waiting for the female leopard to take away her cubs,” said Bhandari.