Stray leopard cub finds foster home in Orissa zoo

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Bhubaneswar (Orissa), June 3 : A stray leopard cub has found a safe haven in Nandankanan Zoo in Orissa.

The 20-day-old cub was rescued by a villager from Phulbani forest region in the state, after being abandoned by its mother.

From the village, the cub was shifted to Nandankanan Zoo by a forest range officer.

The zoo authorities are quite protective of their young inmate and are taking full care to ensure that the cub doesn't feel the absence of mother.

"The cub is less than four weeks, I would say three weeks old. So, it is very critical at the moment to rear such cub because it is prone to different types of infections. So, as a precaution, we have housed this cub in one of our cottages, which is very secluded and full of greenery. We are not allowing any visitors to that cottage," said Ajit Patnaik, Director, Nandankanan Zoo.

The cub is being looked after very well by its caretaker who is showering it with love and affection.

Earlier, Nandankanan Zoo had played mother to two abandoned leopard cubs.

Zoo authorities are quite confident that with proper care and affection, this cub will also add onto the list of its inmates.

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