IFAW-rehabilitated Clouded leopards closer to release
Two orphaned clouded leopard cubs currently rehabilitated by International Fund for Animal Welfare staff continue to thrive and show positive signs in their road towards release back to the forests of Northeast India.
The cubs rescued in April are now 4 months old and have been weaned off milk. They each eat about 250 grams of meat every day and weigh around 3 and half kilos (7.7 pounds) each! Their body coat color is now prominent with black and white patches, a distinctive skeleton-like mark that has marveled humans for so long but is unfortunately prized by hunters. Little is known about this animal’s behavior as it is one of the most reclusive of feline species.
Clouded leopards are arboreal cats making them excellent climbers. During their time in rehabilitation they have been encouraged to test and learn the climbing skills and play-fight for hours on end, excellent habits that will prove vital for their survival in the wild.
IFAW staff in India has already visited 3 prospective release sites and have narrowed down a suitable location. Once the logistics and necessary permits are cleared, the cubs will be back in the forest, a significant step for the conservation of these endangered animals.
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