Killy (Leo 8F)

The Far Eastern leopardess Killy is Nerussa's cub. She was spotted in the central part of Land of the Leopard with her mother and another cub twice in 2013.

In 2014, the spotted cat was given a name by prominent athlete Jean-Claude Killy, an honourary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Shortly after that, Leo 8F was captured by trail cameras several times in a row. Judging from the images she was well adapted to independent adult life.

In 2015, she was spotted by a trail camera only once. It is typical for Far Eastern leopardesses to be careful and private.

On 24 July 2016, Killy was hit by a car on the Razdolnoye-Khasan motorway. The animal managed to get back into the forest and for a year after that the researchers did not get any more data about her.

A miracle happened at the end of 2017: researchers from Land of the Leopard discovered Killy, alive and well, on trail camera images. She was identified by the unique spot pattern.

Leo 8 Killy