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Snow leopard at the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve uses «social network» in front of camera

 11/18/2013, 22:52
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Snow leopard at the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve uses «social network» in front of camera
still from Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve video

New video footage of the snow leopard has been captured at the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve. Camera traps set up to film video recorded a two-year-old female snow leopard diligently marking a special stone that the animals chose as a «social network», according to a statement from the reserve that Sib.fm’s correspondent examined on 15 November.

Born in 2011, the female leopard was registered at the end of August in the same year. She is a very active individual, who has been picked up by automatic cameras more often than any other, noted a reserve source.

«In the footage, you can see the female rubbing against a large stone, leaving her ’tracks’. The snow leopard chose this piece of rock on purpose. It is a marking point for animals whose route runs through this part of the reserve. This stone is a kind of social network (Facebook and youtube all in one) for the inhabitants of the reserve. Coming here, wild animals leave information about themselves and read data from the stone about other individuals who have been here before: their species, sex, age, health condition, family status and even the time and frequency of their visits to this point,» added the reserve’s experts.

Thanks to this information, there are never any conflicts, competitors do not meet and their paths do not cross.

Previously, the Sayano-Shushensky Nature Reserve organised a photoshoot of Pallas’ cats in their natural environment using trail cameras, while snow leopard cubs were photographed for the first time in the Altai Mountains by the same devices.


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