Injured leopard at the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals© Land of the Leopard press service
02 April 2019

Injured leopard has a good chance of recovery – experts

The wounds of the Far Eastern leopard who was removed from the wild near the Land of the Leopard border are gradually healing. His condition is being monitored throughout the day and night.

A regular veterinary examination brought new information about the predator's condition. Specialists discovered that the mending of his wounds is happening as expected. The leopard had another operation during which the vets worked on his damaged muscle tissue. The animal's condition is still critical but stable. The Rehabilitation Centre provides him with due care as well as treatment.

"Our main task is to save the leopard's life," said Viktor Kuzmenko, board chairman of the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals. "It is good news that the animal has a good appetite and that his digestive system is functioning normally. We are observing weak but positive trends in his condition. It is too early to make any prognosis regarding the animal's health."

The vets noted that the biggest wound on the leopard's withers requires special care. For the present, the leopard is being held in the quarantine block in order to minimise the risk of anything happening to his stitches. The predator will have to undergo several more veterinary examinations that will involve representatives of the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, Land of the Leopard, the Primorye Territory Hunting Supervision Department and vets from the Nika clinic.

The young leopard was caught near the border of Land of the Leopard on 3 March. He was delivered to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in a grave condition. His wounds show that the animal had been in a fight with another Far Eastern leopard. The Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation is covering the cost of the animal's treatment.

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