Kids Mistake Leopard Cub For New Pet Kitten


It’s an age-old story: Kids find an adorable kitten, bring it home and plead “Can we keep it? Pleeeease?” But this time, the kitten wasn’t just any cat Children in the Indian village of Bhatvadar brought home a kitten one night last week and played with the fuzzy feline throughout the following day, the Times of India reports. That is, until the kitty growled. “It was only when we heard the cub growling that we realized it was not a kitten, but a leopard,” villager Bharat Sakat told the Times of India.

Leopards prowl across Africa and Asia, and a unique subspecies is native to the Indian subcontinent, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The striking, spotty big cats can weigh up to 200 pounds, sprint 36 miles per hour, and leap 20 feet forward in a single bound, the San Diego Zoo reports.

While they’re undeniably adorable, the powerful predators clearly don’t make great pets. Fortunately, the Indian villagers quickly figured out that they had a leopard on their hands. “Fearing that its mother might be nearby, we released it in the wild near where the children had found it,” Sakat said.

So the next time your kids come home with a kitten, whining “pleeeease,” remember that it could be worse.

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