As human-developed areas expand more and more, the frequency of human-wildlife encounters and conflict increases. Fortunately, there are some great animal organizations that help keep both humans and animals safe when these situations occur.

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Recently, during sugarcane harvest season and leopard breeding season, farmers in Maharashtra found three leopard cubs in their fields. It’s common for mother leopards to hide their young in fields of tall crops, so the farmers were quite familiar with this occurrence and knew to contact the village rescue team. Wildlife SOS and the Forest Department made their way over and after a medical exam and microchipping of the eight-week-old cubs, they prepared for the reunion.

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Back in the field, they waited for around 30 minutes before the mother returned, knocked over the box, and carried her babies away to safety.

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Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, said, “It is reassuring to see that instead of harming the helpless cubs, the farmers reached out to the rescue teams for help. Our team of experts has years of experience on their hands and we’ve found that minimizing the time of separation between cubs and mothers is an important contributing factor for a successful reunion.”

To help more animals like this leopard, you can donate to Wildlife SOS here!

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