A heartwarming video shows three newborn leopard cubs being reunited with their mother by locals in Kashmir, a week after being abandoned.
According to the India Times, three baby leopards found in Wagoora, northern Kashmir, were nursed back to health by local residents with minced meat after being found in the apple orchard where they were born.
With Kashmiri people known for their hospitality around the world, the three missing leopard cubs were well cared for by the local population before being reunited with their mother who was probably out hunting and leaving her three cubs behind.
“We bought them ground beef and they responded well. This is one of the most incredible experiences with feeding wild animals. The leopard could get lost or take too long while hunting to feed its young, ”said one resident.
In the recording, the children look happy with each other. Previously, with information from the owner of the garden, local volunteers found out about the abandoned cubs and fed them until their mother appeared. The owner of the apple orchard found the cubs while inspecting his garden.
“What a sight to behold; I can tell the whole world that I have been feeding the cubs of the Leopard in a cave. A Kashmiri can fully understand what it means to see a mother’s reunion with her baby. This is a mother’s instinct, ”said a resident.
As spring is busy in Kashmir, the cubs are left in a garden, making everyone smile happily after they reunited with their mother.
“At least, for the first three months, the children depend on breast milk before weaning and live alone after the first 20 to 24 months of their birth,” said Fayaz Ahmad, a veterinarian.
The volunteers who were students knew their decisions were complicated and that their actions could provoke the presence of other leopards. With great care, however, they went on a brave journey to feed the young before their mother arrived at the garden.
Today, many wild animals are lost in human habitats, as forest cover is depleted. In addition, winters across Kashmir are increasingly forcing wild animals into human settlement areas to survive.
Supriya Bhatt, who works with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), on her research, states that the leopard population in India has fallen by 75-90% due to reduced prey density, hunting and destruction of their habitat.
In the 2000s, Kashmir has seen a spike in human and wildlife encounters resulting in injuries to dozens of residents across the Himalayan region, which officials say is due to shrinking wild habits due to encroachment or reduced forest cover.
Meanwhile, the Sameer wildlife officer confirmed that they receive many calls for rescue especially in winter, which he thinks is common.
“It’s not new for us to go to urban areas to save wild animals. That is a common sight, especially in rural areas, “he said. To celebrate the success of their ‘reunion’, local residents vowed not to visit the leopard’s territory for a while until the cubs grow up and they leave the area.
Undeniably, nature has plenty of ways to amaze us in its bizarre way – this time humans are reuniting two-month-old leopard cubs for all good.