Pakistani recieves warm welcome in the US

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Post idea and informatin credit: Arsalaan Haleem

Despite the state of global affairs in the past couple of years, one particular Pakistani has recieved a very warm welcome by the US Government.

The animal in the picture above is Leo, a snow leopard rescued by the a villager in the Naltar Valley region of Gilgit in July 2005, who handed the animal over to the Nothern Areas Wildlife Department and the WWF.

The snow leopard is now almost 60 weeks old and it will not be advisable to set it free in its habitat until it becomes mature enough to acquire its food through predation in its natural environment. The risk of the inability to survive is aggrevated by the fact that snow leopards are an extremely rare breed of mammals and are generally hunted for their fur.

Due to lack of funds tecnical ability and expertise in the upbringing of such an animal, the authorities have handed the cub over to the Bronx Zoo which runs a program for Snow Leopard breeding and also has better facilities at taking care of such animals. Pakistani authorities will retain ownership of the cub.

The Bronx Zoo has already 72 such snow leopards. An official of IUCN Gilgit said that the snow leopard Leo has also become an ambassador for building linkages of the Wildlife Department of Northern Areas with the Bronx Zoo and WCS for future collaboration in the following areas including cooperation for designing and construction of similar facilities for wildlife rehabilitation in the Northern Areas.

4 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 8:35 am

    Bronx zoo only has 2 female snow leapords. Mr Leo from Gilgit is in for some serious fun in USA.


  2. al khan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

    Thats the first and last time i will see that headline!
    Do you think it was given a full cavity search at the port of entry, and taken into various different rooms by countless number of officials from various govt depts and agencies? Do you think its cage was searched three times to see if any of the bars were hollow or that there was a false floor? Do you think its travel document was inspected vigourously by immigration officials who kept trying to pick its photo away from the paper? Do you think it was asked to remove its paws so that they can be xrayed? I wonder. Pakistani Leopard-1 Pakistani Human-0


  3. al khan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 5:20 pm

    Thats the first and last time i will see that headline!
    Do you think it was given a full cavity search at the port of entry, and taken into various different rooms by countless number of officials from various govt depts and agencies? Do you think its cage was searched three times to see if any of the bars were hollow or that there was a false floor? Do you think its travel document was inspected vigourously by immigration officials who kept trying to pick its photo away from the paper? Do you think it was asked to remove its paws so that they can be xrayed? I wonder.


  4. Kashif (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

    Leo is on non-immigrant visa so hopefully he will come back, if not slipped and caught in paper marriage with his zoo in-mates.

    Congrats to our government to provide a chance to US to present its humane face to the world.



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