KOTA KINABALU: A male juvenile clouded leopard, believed to be separated from its mother, was rescued at a village in Ranau district.
The Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) went to Kampung Perancangan on Friday after a villager claimed to have spotted the leopard in the area.
Dr Sen Nathan, who oversees the unit, said the team set up a trap, with constant patrolling by WRU throughout the night.
“The villagers worried that it might harm them or their livestock.
“At 3.45am on Saturday, the clouded leopard was seen with a chicken in its mouth attempting to go back to a small forested area from the village,” Dr Sen said.
He managed to stun the animal with a dart and it was given immediate medical attention.
“The animal was thin with an estimated age of less than 12 months old. It likely became separated from its mother,” he said.
Dr Sen said the animal – one of the 10 fully protected species under Sabah’s wildlife conservation laws – was taken to Lok Kawi Wildlife Park for further treatment.