Year of rescue: 2009

Sex: Male

Age at the time of rescue: approximately 4 years old

Personality traits: Very active & playful

Recognisable features: Missing one limb; was caught in a jaw trap

Present health condition: Healthy, currently not under any treatment

Facility: Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre

Closest to: Ganesh

Favourite activities: Climbing log platforms

Special needs: As Vitthal has a missing paw, his enrichments have to be designed accordingly

Keeper name: Shivaji

Background history: Vitthal’s story started in a small forest-fringing village in Maharashtra where he fell victim to a snare trap, which has turned into a recurrent threat to wildlife in India. His right paw got trapped in the crude snare, putting him through extreme agony by tightening further every time he moved to free himself. When our team heard of his condition, they immediately rushed to the spot. Every minute was critical as Vitthal was in dire need of immediate medical intervention.

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