Clouded leopard cub rejected by mum is hand reared in family bathroom

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Nimbus at a few weeks old.
Nimbus at a few weeks old, with caregiver Jamie Craig, curator at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Photo via Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens at Facebook

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Nimbus the clouded leopard cub is being hand-reared due to being found abandoned in her enclosure. Now 2 1/2 months old, she is beginning to transition to a more natural lifestyle and environment for a wild big cat.

Jamie Craig the curator of the Cotswold Wildlife Park in  Bradwell Grove, Burford Oxfordshire, UK has hand reared the baby clouded leopard in his family bathroom after she was rejected by her mother.

Jamie has been hand feeding Nimbus with a cat milk replacement formula by bottle, and the baby leopard has been given soft toys to play with and cuddle.

Nimbus is outgrowing life in a family home, and is beginning the transition to a life more fitting for a leopard. She has left her foster family’s home and is now being reared at the zoo.

It is hoped that Nimbus will re-join others at the park and eventually join a breeding program, and perhaps move to another wildlife park when she is grown.

Jamie Craig holds a very feisty Nimbus while he talks about her upbringing and her future in the video below. He tells what it was like for his family to have a little big cat living in their home and gives a brief overview of the transition process that will help Numbus to rejoin her own kind.

 

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Nimbus at 2 months old, in a recent photo
Nimbus at 2 months old, in a recent photo
Photo via Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens at Facebook

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1 thought on “Clouded leopard cub rejected by mum is hand reared in family bathroom”

  1. what a wonderful program set out for her! lets hope she has lots of kittens in the future since they are an endangered species!

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