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Pictures and videos are being shared across social media showing Leopard and Cow friendship during the coronavirus lockdown crisis.

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News CLAIM: Pictures and videos are being shared across social media showing Leopard and Cow friendship during the coronavirus lockdown crisis.

Prey & predator together Hunter & the hunted in the same frame and cuddling each other! For several nights, the leopard visited the cow, who treated it as its own calf. Old one. Credit; Rohit Vyas at Antoli village in Vadodara.

 

Mother cow and baby leopard In India, leopards often litter in sugarcane fields. When the farmers trapped the mother leopard (who provided a better harvest by eating rodents and pigs) her cub found a replacement in a nearby chained up cow.

Got the photo and story from my friend. Its somewhere in Assam. A man bought this cow and kept it in his cowherd. The dogs used to bark at night and they used to think that thieves are on the lark taking advantage of the lockdown condition. They installed CCTV and what they saw stunned them. Then they approached the person from whom they bought the cow and came to know that this Leopard mother was killed when he was 20 days old. They brought the cub to this cow and she gave it her milk. When the cub grew, they left him on the jungle but he did not forget his savior and pays a visit every night to his mother who saved his life

TRUTH & Verification:  The picture and videos being shared on Social media of the Leopard and Cow friendship is now new and nothing to do post the COVID19 crisis in India,

The Cow – Leopard pictures are from Ahmadabad, Vadodara Circle in June 2002. As the news story was published in times of India.

Around midnight, the leopard emerges from a maize field and enters into the village. After surveying the surroundings, it walks towards the clearing where a cow has been tied. A little further, several goats have been tied. LATEST COMMENT this is amazing Satish SEE ALL COMMENTS ADD COMMENT The villagers communicate in hushed tones and stand transfixed for hours to watch this spectacle. The leopard comes closer...there is anxiety in the air. The big cat slowly rolls over and raises one paw and puts it gently on the cow’s head and makes purring sounds! The cow lets out a soft ‘‘moo’’ in response and licks the leopard! The leopard obviously in a playful mood sits there, in front of the cow as if wanting to be cuddled. The overawed crowd stares in disbelief. Soon its time for separation. The leopard is obviously not very happy with the human presence, barely 20 meters away.

VERDICT:  True pictures from 2002, Antoli village in Vadodara Ahmadabad, Gujarat.




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