Cape Town - A curious leopard that made headlines earlier this week when it was filmed standing up against the window of a car on the R44 has been relocated.
As the video gained popularity on social media, many Facebook and Twitter users expressed their concerns about the leopard's safety so close to a busy road.
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Thankfully, by chance, wildlife authorities were able to move the leopard away from danger not long after the footage was recorded.
According to Western Cape conservation group CapeNature, the animal was "coincidentally caught on Monday, 27 March, on a farm in Somerset West in a cage trap legally set for feral dogs and caracal."
The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was able to identify it as the same leopard that was seen in the video, as well as in other previous encounters in the Gordon's Bay area.
CapeNature’s conservation services officials, a veterinarian and a CLT researcher responded to the call out and inspected the animal.
With the safety and protection of the animal in mind, as well as the threat it potentially poses to humans, "careful consideration was given to determine the most appropriate action," CapeNature says.
"Given it was a young female, no more than 2-years-old, the chances of the animal infringing on another leopard’s territory would be limited. It was, therefore, collectively determined that the best course of action would be to translocate the animal to a safer habitat where it will be able to live freely in a natural environment.
"The translocation was successfully completed and the leopard is healthy and living back in the wild, within the Western Cape.," CapeNature confirms.
The video has been going viral on social media since it was shared on Facebook by Wonderlings Bed & Breakfast. The Rooi Els B&B posted the short video on Sunday, 26 March, saying "'Our' leopard in Gordon's bay is getting friendly!".
You can see the original footage below -
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