Have you decided to help a wild animal? Think Twice A resident of India found a helpless kitten near his farming grounds. He brought it home and began to take care of him, and, as it turned out, did it in vain.

A kitten arrived in one of the police units in southwest China. The animal was brought by a local resident: working in the field, he noticed the baby and decided to take care of him, but after three days realized that "there is something wrong with this cat".

The peasant's withdrawal is not without reason: the matter is that the kitten belonged to the species Bengal cat (Latin Prionailurus bengalensis, other names - dwarf cat and Far Eastern cat). Among his relatives - not only a domestic cat, but also manul, puma, caracal and other species that can live only in the wild.

Bengal cats live in a vast area from Priamurye to the islands of Southeast Asia. Their appearance differs depending on the range: for example, in tropical individuals the mass does not exceed 3,8 kg, while in northern China and Siberia they weigh up to 7,1 kg. Nevertheless, externally, they, and especially their kittens, are very similar to the domestic representatives of the species.

Now the found kid continues to live among policemen, but soon he will be sent to the environmental center. But to return it to the wild nature is no longer possible: the chances for independent survival of it will appear only after he grows up. Whether his mother is alive, and where to look for her, no one knows. Ecologists doubt that the cat was killed by poachers; most likely, she just went on a hunt. Then she could search for the baby for a few more days, but then, most likely, she left this territory. In addition, after a very short time, the kitten already absorbed the smell of a man, and his fellow tribesmen, including his mother, he can be perceived as a stranger.

Recently in China there was a similar case: the peasants found the leopard cubs and decided that they were lost. However, someone suggested to them the correct actions: people put the kids in a box and carried them back to the place of the find. That evening, the leopard female, sniffing the box, "recognized" her offspring and took her with them.

Zoologists remind us that it's better to stay away from wildlife representatives and especially not to take away young animals.

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