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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

The Mystery Of The Black Leopard Continues?

Colombo, 29 May, (

The rescued Black Leopard – is it a new breed or one with color mutation? The mystery still continues.

In the meantime, the black leopard that was rescued while trapped in a snare was being treated at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe and recovering from wounds, an official of the Wildlife Department said.

He said the animal would be released to the Sri Pada forest reserve, its natural habitat after it fully recovers.
“A GPS tracker will also be affixed to the leopard before being released,” he said.

The black leopard was trapped in a snare at Walamale in the Laxapana Estate, Nallathanniya and was rescued by the Wildlife officials a few days ago.

It was tranquilized and taken away by wildlife officers on Tuesday afternoon for treatment.

The Wildlife officials said the leopard, aged eight years old, well-grown male, and was about eight feet in length and four feet in height.

The black leopard has been a mystery for many years as sightings have been very rare due to the very low population and the solitary nature of the animals.

Until recent, the black leopard was thought to be extinct in Sri Lanka as conservationists have been unable to find any evidence for them in the wild.

However, new evidence of their existence was found in January this year.

The Department of Wildlife announced earlier this year that it had retraced the Sri Lankan Black Panther which was considered to be extinct in the country.

The Sri Lankan Black Panther is believed to have gained it’s unique characteristics due to a color mutation.

According to an official in the Wild Life Department, a suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident of a rare black leopard getting trapped in a snare near the Laxapana tea estate in Nallathanniya, the Wildlife Conservation Department said.

The suspect was to be produced before the Hatton Magistrate’s Court.

The suspect is an employee at a nearby vegetable cultivation.

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The Mystery Of The Black Leopard Continues?
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