Source: Tehran Times
Persian leopard Arezoo, well-known for being named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Iran, was found dead apparently after a fight with a hedgehog. On February 5, the Roudsar leopard survived a complicated spinal surgery after getting caught in a trap.
The 4-year-old leopard had been transferred to Tehran and undergone a
complicated surgery that surprisingly restored its ability to walk within a
week, and eight month later was released back to its habitat in November.
Endangered Persian Leopard "Arezoo" Released Back To Wild in Roudsar
However, using a tracking device hanged around its neck the animal's body was
found in the depth of the forest on Tuesday by the rangers. It had apparently
endured a fight with a hedgehog. There were no signs of human-wildlife conflict.
According to YJC, the animal's body was transferred to Gilan province's department of environment for autopsy and deciding the exact cause of death.
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Increasing the fine for killing leopards by 16 times to 800 million rials (nearly $20,000) and insuring the animals against any possible threat has resulted in fewer casualties in Iran, IRNA news agency reported.
Photos: Death of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had suffered spinal cord injury due to shooting by hunters was put to sleep using euthanasia procedure and anesthetic injection. This heart-breaking incident happened in the Tonekabon region in northern Iran. - 1/14/14
Leopards pushed closer to extinction in Iran
Iran's Department of the Environment reports that 46 leopards were killed in the past six years in Iran. IRNA reports that the deputy head of Wildlife Protection said: "The leopard and its habitat are at risk of extinction." - 12/22/13
Rescue of an Iranian Leopard
A leopard that had been trapped in the crevices of the rocks by the river of Sezar in Sepiddasht region of the city of Khorramabad in western Iran was rescued by the environmental protection officials in an operation that lasted several hours. The injured leopard was treated and cared for before being released back to the wild. - 12/30/13
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