177If a leopard and a cow can be friends, then maybe...
- May 20, 2003A Rare Friendship Between a Leopard and a Cow
GUJARAT, INDIA, May 12, 2003: A rare phenomena
has captured the hearts and minds of inhabitants
of a village in Gujarat. It all started last
October when a leopard began making regular
nocturnal visits to a cow in the village.
At first the villagers were leery of the visits,
but word soon spread about the unusual relationship.
Rohit Vyas explained, "It was unbelievable. They
approached each other at very close proximity
and the fearless cow would lick the leopard
on its head and neck." Efforts by the Forest
department to capture the leopard proved fruitless.
Soon the villagers were protecting the leopard.
Apparently its frequent visits have kept other
animals from damaging crops and crop yields
have gone up by 30 per cent.