Asa means ‘Hope’ in Nepali, although there doesn’t seem to be much hope for her at the moment.
She’s injured, although the circumstances remain unclear as to when and how. It was possible poaching, possibly a conflict incident somewhere in unpoliced Nepal, and there are no facilities in Pokhara where she can be properly cared for.
Jack, the wildlife conservationist and all round animal super hero that I talked about in a previous post (Faces not Places: The Peace Eye-ers) rushed to help Asa when he heard she has been brought to Pokhara, but without a medical centre or staff he’s almost powerless to do anything to help her apart from patch her up and hope she survives.
“Jack Kinross here for WildTiger Conservation Research and Development.
This is an interim WildTiger Journal. Less than two hours ago as I
write this I was rushed to this little leopard cub in Pokhara. My friend Himalayan Times journalist Krishna Baral was alerted to this leopard’s plight and I climbed aboard the back of Krishna’s motorbike not knowing what to expect.
So this is Asa. The name means “Hope” and this is a situation where I
have hope. There is also another even smaller leopard cub there and
I am realistic about its chances of survival, to be honest, not great. I’ll
be back in the morning to apply antiseptic to a flesh wound on the little one.
We don’t know the full story. All we know is that we have two tiny
leopard cubs on our hands. Whether it was a conflict situation or a
poaching incident, we can’t think about that right now, we just have to do the best possible,
There are no facilities here in Pokhara, Nepal, for these situations.
Krishna and I are hell bent on changing that. We initially need funds
for treatment for the cubs and then hopefully a transfer to Kathmandu zoo. The cubs are in a little shed at one of the Forest Service locations and it is far from ideal.
This situation occurs too often. We need a facility here in Pokhara. If
you can help please do. Even $1 is better than nothing.
I’ll update this page tomorrow…
I know it’s incredibly cheeky to ask people to donate their hard-earned and fiercely-protected cash, but, if you have a spare couple of quid or could forgo your morning coffee and donate to help Jack and all the incredible work he does preserving Nepal’s wildlife, I know he would be hugely grateful.
If you’d like to donate, or just follow Asa’s progress, scroll to the bottom of Jack’s webpage, here.