On Wednesday 8 March, we received a call from Musina, a town in the northernmost part of Limpopo Province. HESC was requested to come to the rescue of a baby leopard that had been spotted in a big tree.
People working nearby had been keeping an eye on the little one to see if the mother was anywhere in the vicinity. After a few days without a sign of the mother, they decided to investigate. What they discovered was a devastating scene. They found the carcass of the mother leopard, which seemed to have been dead much longer than the cub had been spotted. From what could be gathered, the cub had survived by feeding on the carcass.
Our curator Christo drove 10 hours to Musina to fetch the cub and arrived back at the centre on the evening of Friday 10 March. The cub was very hungry and extremely thirsty and she was given her first bottle of milk around 8pm. So far, she’s doing well and has been kept with the servals. She’s also eagerly taken to her bottle feeds.
This was another successful rescue by HESC and we are positive that this little cub’s story will have a happy ending. We plan to have minimum human contact with this leopard cub as this will enable us to release her back into the wild. Until such time comes, she will be kept and safely cared for at HESC.