Leopard cat Lulu validated as having actually brought to life 2 brand-new cubs


Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) Scientists have actually validated that a young person leopard cat called Lulu has actually brought to life 2 brand-new cubs after current images revealed them in Nantou County, the Endemic Types Research Study Institute under the Council of Farming stated on Wednesday.

The images, which revealed Lulu with the 2 young cubs in a mountainous location of Nantou’s Xinyi Municipality, were handled Oct. 12 by motion-activated electronic cameras set up in the location by an institute research study group accountable for the preservation of the threatened types in Taiwan.

It was the very first time the 3 leopard felines were shot together because Lulu was digitally tagged and launched into the wild in February 2019 in Xinyi Municipality, among the native leopard felines’ initial environments where the institute runs a rehab center.

Video footage revealed Lulu strolling along a course with among the cubs, while other images revealed the adult leopard cat getting another cub by the scruff of its neck– leading scientists to conclude that Lulu just recently brought to life the 2 cubs, the group stated.

Lulu was very first recorded by scientists in December 2018 after the institute got a report from a Lugu chicken farmer grumbling that the leopard cat had actually killed poultry in his farm.

Lulu was launched into her initial environment in Lugu Municipality 2 months later on after veterinaries treated her for scratches on her body and injuries from 2 missing out on toes.

Nevertheless, in 2020 the animal was recorded once again after lurking around another farm with a young leopard cat scientists called “Brother Lugu,” thought to be her only cub at the time. The 2 were launched back into the wild in Xinyi Municipality in September 2021 after being trained to acknowledge the risk positioned by the electrical fences utilized by regional farms.

Scientists misplaced Brother Lugu in March this year, the last it was photographed, according to the institute.

Native leopard cat populations are typically clustered in Miaoli, Nantou and Taichung, with many living in locations under elevations of 1,000 meters.

( By Flor Wang and Hsiao Po-wen)


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