With an unprecedented rise in encroachment of forest lands for residential and commercial purposes, the wild animals are on the brink of extinction.
Several species of animals have already entered the endangered list and one such animal which is on the verge of extinction is the agile Indian Leopard.
In a desperate attempt for its sheer survival, the big cat has learnt to stay close to humans and yet maintain a non-existent profile. Every other day, one can read a story of leopards entering the cities at nights. Sometimes they get unwarranted attention and sometimes they manage to maintain such a degree of elusiveness that people living in a city like Mumbai have no clue about it.
NatGeo captured a video of a male leopard venturing into an apartment building in Mumbai at night.
When most of the residents are asleep, this cat is at work and many of the residents had no idea that this cat walks past their windows at nights.
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Video by @bertiegregory. A big male leopard begins an evening hunt in the city of Mumbai. A truly extraordinary example of how it is possible to live alongside predators. Spending time getting to know the people that live in this apartment building and the surrounding area was a fascinating experience. Many of the residents had no idea that leopards walked past their windows on a nightly basis- a testament to the illusiveness of this big cat. Shot for @stevewinterphoto ‘s leopard story for @natgeo. Follow Steve and I for sneak peaks of our latest jaguar project for @natgeo and @natgeowild.
This is an example of how close man has come to the animal’s habitat resulting in a man-animal conflict. It is no one’s fault but ours. It is time we recognise the boundaries and let everyone live in peace.