Newly-born clouded leopard Nimbus was abandoned by her mother shortly after her birth at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire, England. Fortunately for the cub, she has found a loving family, which is hand-raising her in their bathroom.
When zookeeper Jamie Craig found Nimbus, she was close to death along with another leopard cub who unfortunately did not survive. Jamie then decided to take the tiny survivor home and rear the now two-months-old cub by hand, with the help of his children Jai, 13, and Niemi, 10. In the video below, Jamie recounts the experience. He said:
We found her abandoned in the leopard exhibit with another cub, who unfortunately didn’t survive. Once we warmed her up and gave her some food it was actually surprising how strong she was. We decided the bathroom was the best place to bring her up because she could have free rein. It’s also got a very easy floor to clean and obviously she had her own bed in there and everything. It just meant that we had to sacrifice our bathroom. We’d quite often get out of the shower to a rather sharp surprise.
The children also had their toes nibbled whilst they were using the toilet quite a lot. It’s best to keep them at home because things can change so fast and it’s good to be around just in case. She’s spent about six weeks in the house. At first I would be feeding her just whenever she was hungry. Now I’ve managed to limit it to every four hours from 6am to 10pm, you have to limit it really for their health and your own sanity.
The kids would get the odd scratch but in general she was very good with them and they were very good with her. You have to be careful now though, you forget how big their teeth and claws become, she was starting to show her animal instincts.
The leopard has now been returned to Cotswold Wildlife Park where she will be introduced to other big cats. Here is the video:
1. Newly-born Nimbus, pictured being fed by Jamie Craig, was abandoned by her mother shortly after her birth at the Cotswold Wildlife Park in Oxfordshire.
2. Keeper Jamie Craig, pictured, found Nimbus close to death after her birth at the Cotswold Wildlife Park along with another cub who sadly did not survive.
3. Jamie Craig’s delighted children, Jai, 13, and Niemi, 10, (pictured) helped with the care and Nimbus, now two months old, who is well enough to return to the wildlife park.
4. Nimbus, pictured clambering on her hammock, was found close to to death after being abandoned by her mother, but has since made a fine recovery.
5. Jamie Craig opted to keep Nimbus in the family’s bathroom so the tiny animal could have ‘free rein’. He added: ‘It’s also got a very easy floor to clean and obviously she had her own bed in there and everything’.
6. Mr. Craig said they kept a constant eye on the cub, to monitor any changes in her health — but the family would often have their toes nibbled while using their bathroom.
7. Clouded leopards are found in the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia and into China. In 2008, it was classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Source: The Mail Online.
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