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Maharashtra: 2 leopard cubs rescued by forest department, Wildlife SOS in Junnar

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Two cubs have been rescued from the sugarcane fields of Pune's area.

Farmers of Vadgaon Anand village on Monday stumbled upon a lone cub while harvesting their crops. On receiving an alert message, the and the team swung into action and rescued the cub.

The rescue team, led by senior Dr Ajay Deshmukh, was already en-route to the location when he received a call about a similar situation in Golegaon, another village in

The team quickly split into two midway and went ahead to carry out both the rescue operations simultaneously.

Bapu Yele, (Ottur), said, "The team is extremely cooperative and has always responded timely to each call of rescue. The and the Wildlife SOS team have carried out many such rescue and reunion operations in the region."

On medical examinations, both cubs were found healthy and ready to be reunited with their mothers.

Dr Ajay Deshmukh, Senior at the said, "Both the leopard cubs were males. The one from Vadgaon Anand village was approximately 10-week-old, whereas the other one was about 13-week-old. Such reunions are of great importance because female leopards can turn aggressive and pose an immediate threat to humans if they are unable to locate their cubs."

After the medical examination, the cubs were carefully placed inside safe boxes, close to where they were found. The Wildlife SOS team installed remote-controlled camera traps to monitor and document the reunion of cubs with their mothers.

Kartick Satyanarayan, of Wildlife SOS said, "Wildlife SOS often receives calls for lost leopard cub sightings during the pre-harvest and harvest season. The dense sugarcane fields foster a suitable shelter for the leopards to breed in and nurture their cubs. Our team aims to work closely with the to raise awareness among the villagers to promote a positive attitude towards leopards and endorse a feeling of co-existence.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 12:53 IST