During the examination© Land of the Leopard press service
11 March 2019

Wounded leopard has another check-up

Veterinarians conducted the second check-up of the Far Eastern leopard injured in a fight with another predator. The leopard's condition has stabilised but remains critical. The Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation paid for the treatment of the animal.

A week after the leopard was captured, experts at the rehabilitation centre, as well as employees of Land of the Leopard and veterinarians from the Primorye Academy of Agriculture and the Nika clinic, carried out another examination of the animal. They took care of his stitches and placed a drain in the wound.

"The leopard is in stable but critical condition. It is too soon to tell. He still does not have much control over his hind leg, but the important thing is that his condition did not deteriorate and everything is going as planned. His appetite has increased, which is also a good sign," said Yekaterina Blidchenko, an employee at Land of the Leopard and a zoologist at the rehabilitation centre.

After examining the leopard's wounds again, experts believe that before being attacked by another predator, the leopard might have been hit by a car. The weakened and vulnerable predator was then seriously wounded by another leopard.

In early March, the young male was captured near Primorsky by employees from the Primorye Territory Directorate for the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas with support from the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals. The critically wounded leopard was moved to the Centre in the village of Alekseyevka. Experts say the leopard is about 2.5 years old and was wounded in a fight with another Far Eastern leopard.

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