Local News: The Rare Black Leopard who had recently been rescued from a snare in a Nallaththanniya forest, a remote village in the central province, has died.
The Rare Black Leopard sought treatment, under the supervision of wildlife authorities, at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawa.
On Tuesday 26 May, a Rare Black Leopard was found trapped in a snare that was set up to keep wild animals away from cultivation and was believed to be extinct until recently.
The man who had set up the snare was arrested for questioning by Sri Lankan Police on Wednesday.
One of the eight leopard sub-species found worldwide, the Sri Lankan Leopard, scientifically known as Panthera Pardus Kotiya, is listed as endangered, with an estimate of 700 to 950 people in 2015.
Black Leopard is an exceptionally unusual sight, with the genetic mutation that gives them their black fur.