A heartwarming video of a leopard cub being reunited with its mother two days after it was found abandoned in a field in Maharashtra is being shared widely on social media.
The cub was spotted by residents of the Bhosi village in Nanded district while they were harvesting jowar. The cub was found alone under some banana trunks in the field near the forest.
After forest department officials were called, a multi-trap camera trap was installed and the area cordoned off to monitor movement of the cub’s mother. Footage released by the forest department showed that around 9:30 pm the female leopard spotted the basket in which cub was kept.
After a little hesitation, she opened the box to find the cub. The mother then licked the baby leopard and the duo left together shortly afterwards.
Watch the video here:
वन विभागाने घडवून आणले बिबट आई पिलांची पुनर्मिलन 🙂. दिनांक 18-4-2020 रोजी नांदेड वनपरिक्षेत्रात एका ज्वारीच्या शेतामध्ये ज्वारीची कापणी चालू असताना बिबट्याचे पिल्लू आढळून आल्याचे गाव कऱ्यांनी दूरध्वनी द्वारे कळवले. आधुनिक तंत्रज्ञानाचा वापर करून पिलावर लक्ष ठेवण्यात आले. pic.twitter.com/6YcEfPuQik
— MahaForest (@MahaForest) April 23, 2020
The video released by the forest department also spoke about how human activity has forced wild animals to leave their natural habitats. The forest department also spoke about how locals villagers were scared on finding the cub and had sought that it be taken away from the village.
The video was praised by many online and sparked a debate about human-animal conflict.
Humans largely encroached their habitats. We are more powerful and have facilities than the Animals. We must show them courtesy and provide homes for them. https://t.co/VIh8SLdtg7
— MUTHUKRISHNAN S (@smk20021950) April 24, 2020
In South Gujarat, Vansada National Park is famous for Leopard but now a days Leopard seen more in villages than Forest. Sugarcane Farms are best habitat for Leopard. Each year cutting period of Sugarcane is disturbing for them. Many new born lost their live during fire in farms.
— दंडकारण्य (@Chauhanrm) April 24, 2020
Thank you for this wonderful reunion. May God protect mum and baby- and all other victims of human violence. 😢
— Dr. Dagmar Görz-Lenzen (@DrGorz) April 24, 2020
Poor baby !!! Unconditional love
— RashJo 🇮🇳 (@RashmijoshiRJ) April 24, 2020
Congratulations nanded forest department …. also the video is touching…
— Rashmi Thakare (@RashmiThakare4) April 24, 2020
Great job! Congratulations!😁💐👏👏
— Hemant Jha (@hemantxjha) April 24, 2020
Wow.. real good job 👍
— Manish Kumar (@ManishKumar302) April 24, 2020
Its so amazing…!!
— 𝐒𝐭𝐀𝐲 𝐒𝐚𝐅𝐞 ❤🇮🇳 (@abs261) April 24, 2020
Thanks for a good start to the day 🙏
— Chittaranjan (@ChittaPattnaik) April 24, 2020
— Abhinandh (@kmabhinandh) April 24, 2020
The way she got back from that basket…she was scared if it’s a trap….Humans have done so many worst things to these beautiful creatures.
— RITU (@Rituludhiana) April 24, 2020
Wow.. this made my day. Thank you…ur team is great
— sanath (@sanathsk20) April 24, 2020
Beautiful captured Reunion .. Thanks for sharing
— Nisha rai (@nisharai_ggc) April 24, 2020
With many nations enforcing lockdowns to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, videos of wild animals reclaiming spaces have been going viral on social media platforms. In many sanctuaries and national parks, animals have been seen relaxing and enjoying the absence of tourists.
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