The Dhodiyal Pheasantry in Hazara welcomed two new additions to its animal family, when it was announced on Tuesday that a female leopard gave birth to two cubs.
Officials said that the cubs were born a couple of weeks ago and that the total number of leopards at the pheasantry has now increased to six. The sex of the cubs is yet to be determined as the protective mother has not let staff near the cage yet.
The pregnant leopard was bought to the centre after being caught by wildlife authorities who received growing numbers of complaints about cattle being attacked by an animal. The authorities introduced the leopard to the cage where three other leopards were already living.
Wildlife District Officer Iftikhar Ahmed said that the mother was about two-and-a-half years old and both mother and the babies were healthy. He said they would conduct further checkups on the animals’ health in time but there was no need for immediate medical care.
Ahmad added that currently there were about 50 pairs of leopards in the forest ranges of Mansehra.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2012.