Junnar, 4th January 2024: A male leopard, approximately 7 years old, recently underwent a remarkable recovery journey at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre in Junnar after being rescued by the Maharashtra Forest Department. Following comprehensive treatment, the feline has been successfully released back into its natural habitat.
In a heartening tale of resilience, the 7-year-old male leopard, initially rescued in Dhule, Maharashtra, has been given a second lease on life under the dedicated medical care of Wildlife SOS at the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre (MLRC), operated in collaboration between the Junnar Forest Division and Wildlife SOS.
Upon arrival at the center, the leopard displayed signs of severe weakness, anorexia, and hair loss from the hind part of its body. Blood tests conducted by Wildlife SOS veterinarians revealed a potential bacterial infection, prompting a thorough treatment plan.
Under the expert care of the NGO and the Junnar Forest Division, the leopard received antibiotics to address the disease and prevent secondary infections. As the leopard responded positively to the treatment, further blood tests confirmed the feline’s complete recovery. Once deemed fit for release, the leopard was handed over to the forest department, which subsequently released the feline back into its natural habitat.
Dr. Chandan Sawane, Veterinary Officer at Wildlife SOS, stated, “The bacterial infection in the leopard had led to neurological distress, evidenced by the feline consistently lowering his head. The successful recovery of this male leopard showcases Wildlife SOS’ approach of targeted medical intervention in wildlife conservation.”
Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, emphasized, “In the face of a rapidly declining leopard population in the country, this successful treatment and rehabilitation underscore the critical role of timely intervention in ensuring the well-being of these big cats.”
Amit Bhise, Assistant Conservator of Forests in Junnar, expressed appreciation, saying, “The prompt coordination between the forest department officials and Wildlife SOS has resulted in the successful treatment of the leopard. We appreciate the NGO’s swift response in saving the feline.”