Tura(Meghalaya), Sep 7: The Wildlife department of the state yesterday rescued two leopard cubs from near the village of Chokpot in the district of West Garo Hills, about 20 kms from Tura.
The rescue took place in the evening yesterday, Sep 6 after a person informed that he had found two leopard cat babies in the forest and brought them home. He had sought the help of the wildlife department to help rehabilitate the animals. The social media user belonged to the 12th mile on NH 51.
After being informed on the issue, a wildlife team went to the place and took custody of the babies. They were found to be only 2 weeks old.
“They have been rescued and brought to us. We are currently taking care of the animals as they are too young to be released into the wild,” said DFO – Wildlife, Arphiyush Sangma.
As per experts however, the rescue of such infants can cause more harm than good as cubs tend to get their instincts for survival from their mothers.
“Some people find these animals and think they need to be rescued and bring them home. While it is a good gesture, their survival depends on their being able to understand the jungle and how to survive,” said Arphiyush.
The cubs for now are safe and being kept with the department itself.
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