Park boosts enclosure security after leopard escapes


KOTA KINABALU: The Lok Kawi Wildlife Park near here is doubling its efforts to strengthen their animal enclosures to prevent a repeat of escape after a male clouded leopard broke free on Sunday.

Tumba, the leopard, broke open the chain-link fencing of its enclosure in the morning and roamed within the park area.

He was spotted by park officials at about 8.45pm, tranquilised and recaptured.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said although they had daily checks on all the cages and enclosures, it was unfortunate that Tumba managed to break open the chain-link fencing.He said it was fortunate that Boboi, another male clouded leopard sharing the same cage with Tumba, did not follow suit.

“The two clouded leopards have no separate sleeping and exhibit areas unlike many other animals in the park.

“We hope to make a special and separate sleeping area for them if we have the extra funds because the exhibit cage where visitors come and see them, is also their sleeping area now,” he said.

Tuuga, however, added that this may not be comfortable since the animals were used to their own natural habitat.

He said after Tumba was recaptured, he was sent to the animal clinic for health monitoring.

“Boboi is placed elsewhere as repair and reinforcement works are being done.

“They will be placed back in their enclosure once everything is settled, probably by next week,” he said.
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

MACC raids four premises over probe into millions of unpaid royalties for recording artistes
Budget vote: Give MOH more time to wind up, Opposition MPs urge Speaker
PM: Malaysia in China's Covid-19 vaccine priority recipient list
Man slashed by two assailants in Teluk Intan
Covid-19 case detected at Tourism Ministry HQ, all personnel directed to work from home
IGP: Anti-corruption plan aims to gain trust, credibility
Budget vote: We’ll see who’s going to betray the people, says Annuar Musa
King to confer highest valour award to Sarjan Baharuddin and Sarjan Norihan
MPs ask: Why is Tourism Minister in the House when her agency officer tested positive for Covid-19?
Over 2,000 investigation papers opened against civil servants over graft probe since 2016

Stories You'll Enjoy