Leo 80M, a male Far Eastern leopard who is currently in the care of the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka, Primorye Territory, has successfully adjusted to a new open-air enclosure and demonstrates excellent health as he poses for cameras.
The leopard's behaviour indicates that his paw injury in no way adversely affects his behaviour. The animal goes for frequent runs, climbs trees and rubs his face against them, a means to mark his territory. Experts also noticed that Leo 80M has learned to "stalk" prey by approaching his victims as closely as possible. This behaviour is typical for a predator hunting for hoofed animals.
Currently, Leo 80M is perfecting his hunting skills necessary for independent life. Experts believe the leopard may be released into the wild in spring 2016.