Rare black panther found caught in trap in Sri Lanka
May 26, 2020 04:03 pm
A rare black panther has been discovered after it was caught in a trap near a vegetable cultivation in Walamale of Lakshapana Tea Estate within the Nallathanniya Police Division.
Wildlife officers said that the black panther was found caught in a wire trap and wounded while police protection has been provided until veterinarians of the Wildlife Department arrive and tranquilize the animal and release it from the snare.
The Sri Lankan Panther has been a mystery for many years and sightings throughout recent history have been very rare due to the low population numbers and solitary nature of the animals.
The Sri Lankan black panther was last seen decades ago when an animal was discovered in a trap in Mawuldeniya, Pitadeniya.
Since then the black panther was thought to be extinct as conservationists have been unable to find any evidence for them in the wild.
However, in January this year extraordinary new footage had emerged showing the sighting of four panthers roaming freely in forests near Adam’s Peak.