Rare Black Leopard recently rescued from a snare dies

Rare Black Leopard recently rescued from a snare dies

Rare Black Leopard recently rescued from a snare dies

Written by Zulfick Farzan

29 May, 2020 | 11:52 am

Colombo (News 1st); The Rare Black Leopard recently rescued from a snare in an estate in Nallaththanniya, a remote village in the Central Province, has died.

The Rare Black Leopard was receiving treatment at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawa, under the care of wildlife officials.

On Tuesday, the 26th of May, a Rare Black Leopard which was believed to be extinct until recently, was found trapped in a snare that was set up to keep wild animals away from cultivations.

On Wednesday, the man who had set up the snare was arrested by Sri Lanka Police for questioning.

One of the 8 sub-species of leopard found around the world, the Sri Lankan Leopard scientifically known as Panthera Pardus Kotiya is classified as endangered, with a 2015 estimate placing the population at between 700 and 950 individuals.

Black Leopard with the genetic anomaly which gives them their black fur, is an extremely rare sight.

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