Leopard Thought to Be Extinct Is Spotted in Taiwan for First Time in Over 30 Years
Formosan Clouded Leopard “Neofelis Nebulosa Brachyura“, an uncommon type of a huge cat in Taiwan. People thought it was extinct in the light of the fact that no one ever spotted them since 1983. Taiwanese and U.S. zoologists likewise reviewed the district during the period from 2001 to 2013.
However, they neglected to discover even one leopard.
These animals have been supposedly located meandering around in the wild of Taiwan, by various observers perfectly healthy in January 2019, motivating a gathering of officers to screen the territory. The officers have now revealed two sightings of a gathering of Formosan obfuscated leopards hunting goats, and one running up a tree.
The significance of the find is striking for local people in the region, and they are currently holding ancestral gatherings to talk about the sightings and how to prevent untouchables from endeavoring to hunt leopards.
Intertribal members accept they could stop hunting in the region by strangers. However, the seniors of the town are campaigning Taiwanese specialists to end logging and different exercises that hurt the land.
Professor Liu Chiung-hsi says that he accepted this creature despite everything that exists. Liu said that the Formosan is very coordinated and alert. They escape human attempts to trap or catch it. So, this explains why we did not spot them for more than 20 years.
This rare animal is considered sacred by the Paiwan tribe and is still listed as protected wildlife by Taiwan’s Forestry Bureau. The Paiwan have implored the government to stop logging in order to allow the Formosan clouded leopards to come out of hiding and there have been reports of encounters past 1983, even if they weren’t official sightings.
For his part, Professor Chiung-hsi believes the reports. He told local reporters, “I believe this animal still does exist,” stating that it’s not surprising that they haven’t been seen regularly due to their vigilance and natural elusive behavior.
The Earth is right now experiencing the 6th mass extinction of plants. So, creatures and species going extinct at up to 1,000 to multiple times the regular rate.
It wouldn’t be the first time a seemingly extinct species popped back up. Just recently the Fernandina giant tortoise, thought to be extinct after a last official sighting in 1906, was spotted by rangers at the Galápagos National Park. Fingers crossed that the same is true for the Formosan clouded leopard.
So, the spotting of the Formosan clouded leopard in Taiwan is the great news for our planet.
Must be the most beautiful cat ever!!