Daring Rescue Amidst Adversity: Team Frees Leopard from Snare in Challenging Operation

Earlier this week @the_conservation_vet rescued a male leopard from a snare despite facing challenging conditions. The rain, mud, and persistent presence of spotted hyenas made the operation quite a circus.

The leopard was perched high up in a tree, and the team had to navigate a tricky darting process. After being tranquilized, the leopard slipped off the branches and into thick vegetation, making it a bit of a challenge to reposition him so he could breathe while still partially awake. It was a tense moment, but the team’s expertise prevailed, and they managed to secure the leopard.

Upon examination, it was evident that the leopard had a severely infected snare, emitting a terrible odor. His lower jaw area was noticeably swollen due to fluid buildup. Despite these challenges, the prognosis for a full recovery is promising.

In collaboration with:

@the_conservation_vet | @blueskysociety | @down2the_wire | @wildwonderful_world | @africanwildlifevets

📸: Marcel Viljoen & Ros-Amy Els