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Published on June 27th, 2017
Dr. Bhaskar Choudhury: A veterinarian who rescues endangered species.

Clouded Leopard cubs
Infant Clouded Leopard Cubs
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Poaching of endangered animals in the wild is a huge problem. In India, in the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Center, Dr. Choudhury and his team are angels of mercy.

In 2009, local villagers brought Dr. Choudhury, a rare find, two infant clouded leopards.

These babies had been orphaned when it is believed, their mother was killed by poachers for her beautiful coat. Now the lives of these infants hung in the balance.

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In Northeast India, their natural habitat, only about 10,000 clouded leopards still survive and Dr. Choudhury was determined to rescue these babies, and release them into the wild.

With clouded leopards, this had never been done before. He and his team bottle fed the babies they named Runa and Kata.

After six-months, they brought them to the wild to acclimate them to climbing trees and to do other natural activities.

Clouded Leopard cubs
Clouded Leopard cubs
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Dr. Choudhury also cut back on their prepared food so they would learn to hunt in the wild.

The cubs thrived and eight months later, the acclimated cubs were radio-collared and released. But soon, one collar failed, and eventually, the other did as well.

11-months later, Dr. Choudhury and a team that included wildlife photographer Sandesh Kadur attempted to locate the cubs to see how they were doing.

They found evidence that Runa had survived and prospered. Kata may have survived as well but the cubs had apparently gone their separate ways.

“If they made it for a year, they could make it for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Choudhury told “The Better India.”

If you would like to see the adorable babies in a 3-minute, 10-second video, please click below:

Editor's Note: To learn more http://www.dailygood.org/story/1551/how-a-determined-vet-in-kaziranga-is-saving-india-s-orphan-animals-sanchari-pal/ where you will also see a wide variety of other species being rescued.

If you would like to see the full 45-minute movie Sandesh Kadur made for National Geographic Wild: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vjocvo9C5hc or click below:

At the end of the film, two more clouded cubs were delivered to the wildlife center, and the hope is they too could be successfully reintroduced to the wild.

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