Photos showing a group of poachers while laughing next to the body of a very rare leopard made waves on social media.
The pictures were shared on social media by a now-deleted account called Max Mantra, who reported they were taken in the western region Negeri Sembilan, with a cloud leopard, one of the most endangered species on Earth, VT reports.
World Animal News’s Twitter account broke the news of this heartless act!
🚨WARNING: Graphic Content – Photos of a group of unidentified men displaying a dead #cloudedleopard have been circulating social media. Please repost to help find the sick individuals who did this.🙏🐆
— World Animal News (@WorldAnimalNews) May 9, 2019
This is how National Geographic presents the clouded leopard:
“This beautiful Asian cat, named for its spotted coat, is seldom seen in the wild, and its habits remain a bit mysterious. Clouded leopards roam the hunting grounds of Asia from the rain forests of Indonesia to the foothills of the Nepali Himalayas.
Though clouded leopards are great climbers, scientists believe that they do most of their hunting on the ground, feasting on deer, pigs, monkeys, and smaller fare such as squirrels or birds. They are aided in their hunting by the largest canine teeth (proportionate to body size) of any wild cat.
Scientists are not sure exactly how clouded leopards act in the wild. They are probably solitary animals, like most cats. Females give birth to a litter of one to five cubs every year, and the young leopards remain dependent upon their mother for about ten months.“
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, clouded leopards are considered a vulnerable species with less than 10,000 individuals left in the wild.
We hope that these men are found soon so that they can face the consequences of their terrible action.