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Wildlife poaching is a serious issue and is the leading cause of endangered species. Thousands of animals are killed from poaching each year, and have devastating effects on wildlife. Many times, the animals that get caught in poaching traps are severely hurt, and sometimes die. Animals that are often victims of poaching include elephants (for their ivory tusks), rhinos (for their horns), and tigers (for their bones). Traps are a common way poachers catch animals and it can be difficult to save them. In India case, many of these animal deaths go undocumented.

The India Wildlife SOS team worked quickly to save this three-year old male leopard in Maharasthra from a dangerous jaw trap, which is a type of lethal poaching trap. The wildlife team had to sedate the injured cat before they could help carefully remove it from the trap. Luckily, the leopard sustained no internal injuries or broken bones. The cuts and scrapes it did have were cleaned up and treated so that the leopard could heal successfully.

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Source: Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, “The leopard was in a state of distress and was confused and frightened by all the noise and screaming. We are glad the teams from Wildlife SOS and Forest Department were able to carry out this rescue operation successfully.  We are appalled by this heinous act of crime against an innocent animal. Jaw traps are lethal hunting devices which can cause severe lacerations, joint dislocations, fractures and even death in most cases.”

Mr. B.V. Shinde, Range Forest Officer, Ahmednagar, adds, “The Forest Department and Wildlife SOS have in the past collectively rescued wild animals from conflicts situations, arising in the state. We are grateful for their cooperation and applaud the efficient work done by the team at Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre. There is an urgent need to educate the public about the illegality of such offences in order to curb poaching. The Forest Department will be investigating this matter closely.”

Wildlife conservationists work hard to save the lives of animals who fall victim to poaching. Check out the video below to watch the amazing team at Wildlife SOS save this leopard’s life.

Stopping poaching seems like an insurmountable task, but here’s a list of six ways that are both creative and may help save more animals. There are more organizations like the World Wildlife Fund that are working on ways to reduce poaching. If you’re looking for ways to help right now, here’s a list of 10 Simple Ways You Can Help Stop Wildlife Poaching.

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