Far Eastern leopard Leo 80M, who was injured in poacher's trap, is now recuperating at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the village of Alekseyevka. He's been showing the healthy behaviour of a wild animal in unfavourable weather conditions: the predator hides in a stone grotto after having hidden his prey there.
Experts at the centre monitor the predator on a daily basis. The scientists are now observing the leopard's behaviour during a heavy snowfall. First, the leopard found shelter in a wooden box, but he later moved to a stone shelter where he had hidden a deer that he'd killed earlier.
"He uses this grotto frequently, but during the last snowfall, he stayed in the shelter all day long. He scarcely left the shelter and he had no need to: Leo 80M hunts once every 10 days. Earlier, he had killed a deer and later hid it in the stone shelter," Yekaterina Blidchenko, an employee at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals, said.
Experts say all wild animals seek refuge from bad weather in caves, ravines, among tree roots or under fallen trees, so Leo 80M's behaviour shows normal response to the situation. Most probably, he will cope on his own when reintroduced into the wild the coming spring.