Wild or Tame? Video of a Leopard Interacting with Humans Leaves People Utterly Confused
A video of a leopard interacting with humans in quite a friendly way has left people baffled. According to the first information received, this video was filmed in Tirthan Valley of Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. The animal can be seen walking down the vehicle-filled road while jumping up and rubbing against humans present.
Allegedly, this leopard is wild, not a pet. The animal roamed the road for a while, as people started filming its movements. After spending quite some time in human presence, the leopard left the road unharmed and moved towards a bushy area. Apparently, the animal has descended to lower elevations due to the snowfall in higher altitudes of the region.
The video was posted by Ajay Banyal on his Facebook page, with a message stating that humans have recklessly encroached deep into the forest lands and destroyed the habitat of wild animals such as this leopard. He warned that while this animal was docile and didn’t attack the crowd, humans better leave the wild habitats and their inhabitants unharmed and untouched, for their own sakes.
The human-animal conflict has always been a huge issue, as both parties have suffered severe losses. In many cases, people tend to attack wild animals that are known to be violent, even if they don’t attack them first. Many such cases of conflict have been reported in India for years and yet there is no solution to this problem.
The video has been widely shared on social media. While many people have criticized the incident and the way people behaved with the animal as if it was on display in a shop, the episode has a silver lining – peaceful coexistence.
— Vaibhav Singh,IFS (@VaibhavSinghIFS) January 14, 2021
With the sort of calm this animal roamed amongst humans without harming them, and the self-control these people exhibited is no short of extraordinary. This video comes as a ray of hope that humans and wild animals can indeed live in harmony without inflicting any harm to one another.