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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

Tragic Tale of Demise of Rare Dark-Furred Leopard

Colombo, 30 May, (

The rare dark-furred leopard that was rescued by wildlife officials from a hunters’ snare on 26 May died yesterday morning (29th May), after three days of treatment. Department of Wildlife Conversation officials, under whose care the eight-year-old black leopard was said to be recovering, but yet to determine the exact cause of death.

The wounded leopard was found and rescued on May 26 at the Lakshapana Estate in Nallathanniya, Hatton, and was later transported to the Udawalawa Animal Hospital for treatment.

According to available report, the leopard sustained an injury to its neck just above its right leg, after getting trapped in a snare that was placed in the Lakshapana Estate in Nallathanniya on Tuesday (26).

The animal was later rescued by officials of the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Nallathanniya and was transported to the Udawalawa Animal Hospital for treatment.

Chief Veterinarian at the Udawalawa Animal Hospital Dr. Malaka Abeyratne treated the animal and at the time said the leopard was not in a critical situation.

However, Dr. Abeyratne said the rare black leopard had died yesterday morning, around 10.30 A.M due to complications faced due to the injury sustained to its neck while receiving treatment at the Udawalawa Animal Hospital.

The body of the rare black leopard is to be moved to the Peradeniya University for a post mortem examination, he added.

In the meantime, the Hatton District Judge and Magistrate’s Court yesterday (29), called for a post-mortem of the rare black leopard that died this morning (29) after it was rescued from a wire trap in Nallathanniya three days ago.

The post-mortem examination will be conducted at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the University of Peradeniya. Its report is to be submitted to the court on the 29th of July.

Presenting submissions on the incident, the wildlife guard at Nallathanniya Wildlife Sanctuary Prabash Karunatileka said the wounded black panther died while being treated by the veterinary surgeons at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawa National Park.

Meanwhile, an official from the Wildlife Conservation Department in Nallathaniya, that a suspect who was arrested on suspicion of setting the snare and was produced in Court on Wednesday (27) has been released on a cash bail.

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- Asian Tribune -

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