Wildlife officials on Thursday rescued a nearly 15-day-old leopard cub that was spotted by farmers near Boothgarh village along the Mattewara jungle on Wednesday night. The cub has now been sent to the Chhatbir Zoo even as rescuers searched for its mother. Heavy rainfall,however,hampered the search operation. The cub was spotted by farmers of Boothgarh and our team rescued it in night hours. The animal was sent to the zoo for proper care otherwise it would have died. We are looking for its mother, said district forest officer Daljeet Brar.
The latest incident adds to the growing list of leopards being regularly spotted in the states urban areas. Over the past few months,five leopards have been sent to Chhatbir zoo after they were rescued; the most recent being the rescue of a big cat from Sangowal village in Ludhiana after it had injured two people.
Experts say that while the animals natural habitat is the jungle,they have a tendency to stray into urban areas. Dr Sandeep Jain,co-ordinator care for animals and protection for environment however said: The rescued animal must be left in the jungle under natural environment rather than keeping them in captivity.
Dr Jain added that he had taken up the matter with Forest Minister Surjit Kumar Jayani who has assured him that from now onwards,leopards spotted in urban areas will be transported back to the jungles.