Kohima: Two leopard cubs, which were found abandoned in Nagaland’s Tening village under Peren district, were rescued and transferred to the Dimapur Zoological park.

The leopard cubs were found abandoned in Tening village on Friday by four local boys, identified as Njancham, Kaisithui, Khouralung, and Wiramsiage, all aged between 11-12 years.

According to the boys, the leopard cubs were found abandoned in a hollowed tree near a stream adjacent to the paddy fields of Tening village, when they went downstream for a bath.

The children took the cubs to the village, after which a concerned teacher from the village informed the Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC) for necessary assistance in handing over the cubs to concerned authorities. 

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The district administration, led by Tening EAC Tumben P Tsanglao and Namsibo, Forest Range Officer, Tening, facilitated the rescue and transfer of the two leopard cubs from Tening village to Nagaland Zoological Park in Dimapur on Sunday.

The EAC said the officials of Nagaland Zoological Park and the Divisional Forest Officer of Peren have initiated necessary protocols for immediate transfer of the cubs for specialised care and protection. 

The whereabouts of the mother of the cubs is still unknown. The rescue of the cubs from a very close vicinity around the paddy fields of Tening village has also raised alarm over the growing man-animal conflict amidst the loss of habitats for the big cats.

The current International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List notes the status of the Indian Leopard as ‘Vulnerable’.

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