Chinese soldiers this week saved an injured snow leopard that was trapped in a dam in a coal mine in Xinjiang. The soldiers along with staff from the nearby animal husbandry department used a large fishing net to slip around the cat and lift it up to saftey from a steel beam just above water level. It is very rare for snow leopards to wander into areas of human habitat and the report states this cat may have been looking for food.
The cat was taken to a local veterinarian clinic but the report doesn’t tell us if the cat has been released or what condition it is in now. We hope to get more news over the coming weeks.