Cambodia: Paws for thought

A trip to the Phnom Tamao wildlife rehabilitation centre run by the Wildlife Allliance. We were shown around by one of the keepers - animals here having been here either because they have lived in captivity and can not be released back into the wild, or because they have been confiscated from other zoos due to poor condition, or rescued from the wild in order to be rehabilitated.

Our guide had worked in NGOs on projects involving discouraging hunting and mistreatment of animals. He was quick to report a pet otter that we saw tethered to a post along the river one day. It would have been brought to this centre until in full health and then released back to the wild.

This is a clouded leopard. I don't think it was going to be released anytime soon - although I do think it is looking rather harmless here.
He does look pretty harmless, but ....
posted December 7th, 2016  
Always sad to see animals in captivity, but at least they are well treated now.
posted December 7th, 2016  
It is good that there are such organizations as this Wildlife Alliance. But I'm afraid there are a lot more deplorable animals that do not get accommodation like this clouded leopard. I wish him very much that he feels something like contentment.
posted December 7th, 2016  
Never heard of a clouded leopard but any animal like this needs protection! Good to hear about this one! Dear leopard!
posted December 7th, 2016  
He's reaching out for help... Excellent story in your image to accompany the story in your description.
posted December 7th, 2016  
Look at that little paw, how sweet
posted December 7th, 2016  
What big feet he has
posted December 7th, 2016  
Wow, lovely detail here. That paw looks super soft and not in the least scary!
posted December 7th, 2016  
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