The Chief of Staff of the Russian Presidential Executive Office met with environmentalists, veterinarians and top officers of the Federal Security Service Border Directorate for the Primorye Territory in Land of the Leopard National Park.
Experts who are working with Leo 80M told Mr Ivanov that the animal has successfully adapted to life in the wild. However, he might need another surgery and might lose the rest of the toes on his forepaw. In this case, the crippled leopard will not be able to survive in the wild and will be moved to a zoo. As of now, despite his injury, Leo 80M shows off his excellent climbing and hunting skills. He uses his healthy paw to kill deer.
Mr Ivanov also suggested that the border guards who found Leo 80M in June 2015 give him a name. They called him Nikolai.