Thursday, 22 March 2018

NEWSLINK: Another tiger goes missing from Maha forest, was last spotted in Oct 2017

Panthera tigris tigris Tadoba India wild tiger.jpgAlmost two years after the iconic tiger, Jai, went missing from Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary near Nagpur in April 2016, another three-year-old tiger has been reported missing from the jungles of Amravati in Vidarbha region. Two years ago, Jai, a huge male tiger, went missing from Umred-Karanhdla forest in Nagpur district. The big cat is said to have travelled about 150 km from Katlabodi in Nagpur forest range to Pohra-Malkhed forest in Amravati district – from where it went missing. Jai had migrated to Umred-Karhandla from Nagzira-Navegaon Tiger Reserve in Gondia-Bhandara district in September 2013, during which he covered 150km. The big cat has fathered more than 30 cubs.

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VIDEO: Leopard Enters Residential Area in Ulhasnagar, Rescued by Forest Department

Indian-Leopard.jpgA leopard entered a residential building in Ulhasnagar in Thane district of Maharashtra in the wee hours of Sunday. The leopard was later rescued by forest department officials. As per reports, forest officials claimed they were not sure as to how the animal managed to reach the site.

The leopard was caught entering the building on CCTV camera. When residents checked the footage near the entrance gate, to their surprise, they saw the leopard entering and leaping over a wall.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

NEWSLINK: Leopard mortality on rise; 21 more die in March

Flickr - Rainbirder - Leopard.jpgAt least 21 more leopards lost their lives in the first half of March, taking the toll to 127 this year, according to the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI).

The WPSI said the leopard deaths between March 1 and 15 reported from different parts of the country included a total 12 cases of "seizure and poaching". Nine other cases were classified as "mortality".

Mortality is a category when a leopard or tiger is found dead due to diseases or unknown causes, shot by forest department or police, killed by villagers, killed in road or train accident, killed in rescue operation or during treatment, infighting, accidental electrocution.

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NEWSLINK: Man-eater leopard who killed four children captured

Flickr - Carine06 - I can see you.jpgIn February, the leopard killed one 10-year old Poonam Sallam from a village in Parasia forest range. On January 7, the leopard killed two children in a day-one three-year-old-girl Kalpana and ten-year-old Harshit. According to state forest department nearly 20 to 30 people are killed and nearly a 1000 to 1500 are injured by wild animals every year in MP. Nearly 200 officials of the forest department were involved in the search operation. The young male leopard had created terror in Chhindi and Parasia range area of Chhindwara, where it was attacking children.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

NEWSLINK: Leopard cub rescued from mother now being raised by dogs

Caught In the Web.jpgZookeepers were forced to pair an endangered leopard cub with a golden retriever foster parent because its own mother was a cannibal who had eaten three of her other babies.

The Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok, Russia, put the newborn leopard cub with a golden retriever named Tessa, even though she already had four puppies of her own.

Now, Milasha the leopard cub seems to love canines and is best friends with Elza the Central Asian Shepherd dog.

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ARTICLE: How Cheetahs Keep Their Heads Still While Sprinting

Cheetahs are synonymous with speed. But past the big cat's slender build and lean muscles, there's something inside that aids this animal's need for speed.

A new report, published February 2 in Scientific Reports, shows that certain parts of the cheetah's inner ear help to make it a better hunter. The study marks the first time researchers have analyzed the big cats' inner ear.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

NEWSLINK: Leopard scare grips V. Kota residents

Flickr - Carine06 - I can see you.jpgHalf a dozen hamlets close to V. Kota mandal headquarters in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, are in the grip of fear with a leopard reportedly on the prowl since Friday.

As the residents spotted the leopard at three different locations in a span of half a day, there is confusion about the number of big cats in the area.

According to information, some migrant dwellers reached the premises of local Government Junior College at V. Kota close to midnight on Friday to fetch water.