Leopard cubs seen in Turkiye's SE Diyarbakır
3 leopard cubs were seen in Çınar, district of Diyarbakır, a southeastern province of Turkiye.
Villagers of Karabudak (Sipyag) village, which is about 20 kilometers away from Diyarbakır's Çınar district, claimed they have seen leopard cubs.
Abdulkadir Kızıltoprak, one of the eyewitnesses, told ILKHA that his brother went to his fields to graze sheep and then saw 3 baby leopards in a nest in the greens.
"After taking one in his hand and loving him a little, he takes the photo and puts him back," Abdulkadir said.
"The next day the shepherds see their mother come and take the babies to their mouth to an unknown place," Abdulkadir added while cited shepherds that the mother leopard was a brown animal big like a sheep.
"So first we informed the gendarmerie, and then we informed The Nature Conservation Agency. They came and started searching the area."
Authorities confirmed that the cubs belong to the leopard
General Directorate of Nature Conservation and National Parks authorities did not find anything as a result of their search around in the village said villagers while they have confirmed that the photos of the offspring that they were informed belong to leopard.
Leopard was seen 6 years ago in the same region
As to be remembered, on November 3, 2013, a shepherd named Kasım Kaplan was attacked by a leopard while he was grazing his sheep in the vicinity of Solmaz (Nive) village, 11 kilometers away from the Çınar, while another villager shot and killed the leopard, saved the shepherd.
The distance between the village of Solmaz and the village of Karabudak, which leopard was seen previously, is about 8 kilometers.