Elusive snow leopard spotted for first time ever in northern Chinese region

A snow leopard was spotted for the first time ever in Dorbod Banner, northern China. Video filmed in Inner Mongolia on September 5 shows a snow leopard roaming around grassland before being caught by officials. Since snow leopards can be aggressive toward humans and livestock, the professional veterinarian and rescuers from Ordos wildlife rescue station anesthetised the animal first before rescuing it. After giving a basic check to the snow leopard, it was transported to the wildlife rescue station in Ordos City. According to a farmer named Xie Wenliang who spotted the wild snow leopard on his way back home, he has lived there for 60 years but he has never seen one before. There are an estimated 4,080-6,590 snow leopards in the wild and they are listed as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The video was provided by local media with permission.

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