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Leopard Cub Rescued By Its Mother Who Has Eaten All Its Sibling Is Now Living With Dogs

by Ammar Nasir

A lucky cub was rescued by zookeepers and was forced to live with a golden retriever, Tessa, after the mother leopard ate three of her remaining babies. 

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A Golden Retriever dog called Tessi nursing a newborn African leopard cub in the Sadogorod Zoo. The cub was abandonded by its mother and is now nursed by Tessi that has four puppies of her own. (Source: Yuri Smityuk/TASS)

Milasha, the endangered cub, shared a special bond with her foster parent, Tessa, who she was living with in a Russian Zoo. The Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok decided to put the cub with Tessa, after her mother took the lives of the other cubs.

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Veterinary physician Viktor Agafonov with an African leopard cub named Milasha and Elza the Central Asian Shepherd dog in the Sadgorod Zoo. (Source: Getty images)

Tessa is a mother of four puppies of her own, but has a special bond with the leopard cub.

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A newborn African leopard cub abandoned by its mother in the Sadogorod Zoo. (Source: Getty Images)

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A newborn African leopard (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

Milasha has a unique love for the canines and likes to play with her new pal, Elza, the Central Asian Shepherd Dog.

According to Milasha’s trainer, Viktor Agafonov, the cub is infatuated towards its new doggy-friend and feels comfortable and safe around it, as she has been raised by a dog.

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Veterinary physician Viktor Agafonov with an African leopard cub named Milasha and Elza the Central Asian Shepherd dog in the Sadgorod Zoo. (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

Although, the cub has also been paired with other lioness and tigress, but the friendship with Elza has been special.

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Elza the Central Asian Shepherd dog and an African leopard cub named Milasha. (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

For Milasha’s development, as her species is endangered, the zoo authorities decided to place the cub with other animals of her own size to play along with.

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Elza the Central Asian Shepherd dog and an African leopard cub named Milasha. (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

While talking to CCTV+ Mr. Agafonov said,

“Although it seems these are both big cats, their behavior is completely different. The tigress is quieter. But the lioness … most of the time she keeps jogging and playing.”

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Milasha loves her doggy-friend Elza. (Source: Getty Images)

In terms of safety, because of Elza’s “good-breed” trait, her temperament and size makes it a better option for the cub to live with her.

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The duo is inseparable (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

Cross-fostering is defined as a very common practice where when the animal parent rejects their kids, they are separately placed to be raised by other animals.

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A Golden Retriever dog called Tessi nursing a newborn African leopard cub in the Sadogorod Zoo. The cub was abandonded by its mother and is now nursed by Tessi that has four puppies of her own. (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

Initially, the Sadogorod Zoo decided to put Milasha with the golden retriever for her own safety.

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Milasha was born in the Sadgorod Zoo near the city of Vladivostok and fed by Tessi the Golden Retriever dog. Yuri Smityuk/TASS (Photo by Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

In regards to the leopard, Agafonov said, ‘We can’t say for sure why this happened. But we decided not to risk another baby.’

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They both likes each other company (Source: Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images)

In the animal kingdom, mother usually eat their babies when they are severely sick or are deformed. Other times, they devour their own children due to lack of food.



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