Veterinarians note that the leopard injured by a fellow spotted feline is on the mend and no longer in critical condition. The predator's latest check-up showed that his wounds were healing well and that he was ready to move from his quarantine cage into one of the rehabilitation centre's open-air enclosures, where the rare cat will be able to hunt.
The leopard has successfully undergone another surgery to treat his wounds and sutures. Experts note improvements in tissue regeneration: the leopard's paw wounds are healing, new hair is growing and his atrophied muscles are recovering. The good news is that the predator has already gained six kilos since arriving at the rehabilitation centre. The Far Eastern Leopards autonomous non-profit organisation is covering the cost of the predator's treatment.
"We are pleased with the leopard's condition; we can see progress. He is gaining weight daily and looking forward to stretching out his legs in a larger area. We have decided to release our patient from his hospital cage and move him to a spacious open-air enclosure," said Yekaterina Blidchenko, a rehabilitation centre zoologist and employee of Vorontsov Land of the Leopard.
The Far Eastern leopard will not make the move straight away: right now the vacant enclosure where rehabilitation centre experts plan to move the new resident is designed to hold an Amur tiger, so specialists will have to add additional metal sheets to the fence. The tall fence will prevent the leopard, a much defter animal than a tiger, from running away. Far Eastern Leopards will also foot the bill for the enclosure modifications.
The young male leopard was caught near the borders of Land of the Leopard on 3 March. He was sent to the Centre for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in critical condition. His wounds show that he was injured in a fight with another Far Eastern leopard.