India: Leopard with plastic bucket on head was released


India: Leopard with plastic bucket on head was released
India: Leopard with plastic bucket on head was released

In India, a leopard was released with its head trapped for two days in a plastic container, which was later removed thanks to officials from Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The leopard had been trapped in a bucket, unable to free himself from that object that prevented him from feeding.

It was later found by some men in the car who filmed a video of the animal: help arrived immediately on the spot. After the vets sedated the animal and removed the plastic bucket from its head, they transported it to the recovery center at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, to be released and reintroduced into the wild.

The movements of the animal were monitored by forest agents who followed him in the woods of the city for two days and two nights while.

Javan rhino: the situation at the beginning of 2022

The decline of the Javan rhino is attributed to poaching, especially for the horn, particularly in demand in traditional Chinese medicine, which can reach $ 30,000 per kg on the black market.

The subsequent destruction of its habitat, especially due to wars, such as the Vietnam War, in Southeast Asia contributed to the decline of the species and prevented its recovery. The Javan rhino can live in the wild for up to about 30-45 years.

In the past, it populated lowland rainforests, humid grasslands, and vast floodplains. It mainly leads a solitary life, except for the period of courtship and breeding of the chicks, even if more specimens can occasionally aggregate near mud pools and salt outcrops.

Excluding humans, adults have no predators in their range. The Javan rhino generally avoids humans, but can attack when threatened. Only rarely do scientists and conservationists manage to study the animal directly, given its extreme rarity and the danger of interfering with such an endangered species.

Researchers rely on photo traps and fecal samples to assess health and behavior. Consequently, the Javan rhino is the least studied rhino species. Images of two adult specimens with their young captured with a motion-activated camera were released on February 28, 2011 by WWF and the National Parks Authority of Indonesia, thus proving that the species is still reproducing in the wild.