A rare Black Panther has been found trapped in a snare in Nallathanniya area in Sri Lanka. Another Sri Lankan Black Leopard which was believed to be extinct had been earlier spotted on a trapped camera in October in the Central Hills. (wildlife officers believe this as the same one). According to previous records three more Black Leopards were found dead in the Sinharaja conservation area and one of them now been displayed at Giritale wildlife museum as final trace of the Sri Lankan Black Leopard.
Wildlife rescue mission
Wildlife officers finally came to the location after few hours and they could release the panther from the trap after tranquilizing. When they inspect the victim closely they could find gun wound also near right solder. Damages due to snare was not sever and after giving antibiotics and saline wildlife officers could release the panther safely.
This ensnared Black Leopard exactly found near “Sri Pada” Peak Wilderness sanctuary which is a tropical rain forest around the Adam’s Peak mountain. Existence of the ensnared Black Leopard further proves that the Sri Lankan Black Leopard is no longer an extinct species in Sri Lanka. The existence of Black Leopards was earlier confirmed through the evidences got from the motion sensing cameras which were installed in the forests of Adam’s Peak. Sri Lankan Black Leopard has been a unique species due to it’s color mutation. Hence, the reappearance of the Sri Lankan Black Leopard in Nallathanniya area would be a positive sign asserting it’s existence.
In Sri Lanka it is very common to find wounded trapped panthers near sanctuary boarders. Snares are mainly set up by the people who are seeking bush meat. But because of this most valuable species like leopards will extinct from the world in the near future.