Forest officials with the two leopard cubs rescued at Tening village in Peren district.

Two abandoned leopard cubs were found at Tening village in Peren district. The cubs were found by a group of four boys, all aged around 12 years, in a hollowed tree near a stream adjacent to the paddy fields of the village when they went downstream for a bath on August 20.

The boys – Njancham, Kaisithui, Khouralung and Wiramsiaged – brought the cubs to the village after which a resident of the village, Chamdinbo, who is a government high school teacher, informed the Tening administration for necessary assistance in handing over the cubs to authorities concerned.

The whereabouts of the mother of the cubs is still unknown. How the cubs were found not in the wild but in very close vicinity of the paddy fields of Tening village, amidst the loss of habitats for the big cats, was not known..

As per the current International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List status, Indian leopard has been put vulnerable category.

The cubs were relocated to Nagaland Zoological Park in Dimapur on Sunday.

Tening extra assistant commissioner Tumben P Tsanglao and forest range officer Namsibo facilitated the transfer of the two cubs from Tening village to the park.

Tsanglao said the officials of Nagaland Zoological Park and Peren district forest division initiated necessary protocols for immediate transfer of the cubs to the park for specialized care and protection.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com