Pune, Apr 26 (MNN) Two male leopard cubs were lucky, once again, as they were reunited with their mother – for the second time — in Otur village in Junnar taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, NGO Wildlife SOS said on Monday.
The lost cubs were identified by their unique microchip numbers, which helped them to be reunited with their mother by Wildlife SOS and Forest Department staff.
The leopardess had moved her cubs to a neighbouring sugarcane field after a successful reunion earlier this month.
However, growers harvesting their sugarcane stumbled upon the two cubs concealed in the field. Since people of communities living in areas surrounding Junnar have been trained in preliminary rescue protocols amid a high human-leopard interaction, they informed the Maharashtra Forest Department which sent its team along with staff from the Wildlife SOS Leopard Rescue Centre.
Wildlife SOS veterinary doctor Nikhil Bangar said a thorough on-site medical examination revealed that they were surprised to know that the cubs were rescued earlier too by the team.
“We were able to identify them with the help of the microchips consisting of unique identification numbers, implanted before the first reunion operation.”
After their check-up, the cubs were placed close by to the spot where they were found and camera traps set up. The leopardess finally approached the spot around midnight and relocated both to a safer location.
Wildlife SOS CEO Kartick Satyanarayan said that in April alone, the NGO’s team had reunited over 15 leopard cubs with their mothers.