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A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 December 2017

Amur leopard - one of only 80 still living in wild - kept returning to road where its newly-killed prey was grabbed by a passing motorist.

Where is my catch? Picture: Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve 

The confused big cat was seen by several drivers beside a remote road in the Land of the Leopard nature reserve in eastern Russia. 

It was sniffing around as if looking for something.

Several drivers noticed the unusual behaviour and reported it to rangers. 

They caught the highly endangered creature on dash cams.

The leopard did not look injured, but seemed to be missing something. 

A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished


A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished
Drivers recorded one of the world's biggest cats on dash cams,  and passed video to rangers. Pictures: Alexander Zaitsev 


Rangers played the role of detective and visited the site, finally figuring out from blood and hair traces on the snow what had happened. 

The leopard had been crossing the road in the nature reserve, in Primorsky region.

It was dragging across its roe deer kill when a car came.

The leopard took cover leaving the deer on the road ready to return when the vehicle passed - but the driver fancied the deer for his own New Year celebrations, and bundled it into the car.

A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished


A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished


A human stole my lunch! Rarest big cat in world dumfounded when its roe deer meal vanished
'Whoever took the roe deer clearly spoilt the animal’s mood.’ Pictures: Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve  


When the big cat returned it could not believe that its kill had suddenly vanished, and remained here trying to understand what had happened .  

‘The spotty and roe deer is the basis of Amur leopard’s diet. One large animal can provide up to two weeks of well-fed living’, said Gleb Sedash, research fellow from the reserve’s scientific team. 

'In this case the endangered animal had its catch taken away, and was left clearly puzzled and annoyed by what happened. 

'The leopard will have to go hunting again, expending a lot of time and energy. 

'We are not too worried about this cat, as it looks healthy on the several videos we received.

‘But whoever took the roe deer clearly spoilt the animal’s mood.’ 

Picture of the leopard and video below: Land of the Leopard Nature Reserve, Alexander Zaitsev


 

Only  80 or so of these Siberian leopards currently still alive in the wild.

The adult prowls across mountain scenery while other images show cubs romping happily in their natural habitat. 

Only a few years ago, there were believed to be only 30 of these spotted big cats still alive, due to hunting and especially poaching during the Soviet era.

Comments (2)

It is not a good joke for the "new year's eve " ..
Go Léo to catch a new roe deer and hide it very well
Jocelyne, FRANCE
30/12/2017 19:00
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"The leopard took cover leaving the deer on the road ready to return when the vehicle passed - but the driver fancied the deer for his own New Year celebrations, and bundled it into the car"

With an estimated 80 Amur leopards left in the wild, how on earth do these magnificent cats stand a chance of survival, when people steal their food?! I hope the driver chokes on his road kill.
Paul Gilbert, Canada
29/12/2017 19:54
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