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Black leopard leaps into caregiver's lap

Rescued Leopard Leaps Onto Caregiver In Loving Embrace

Pardus, an orphaned black leopard, apparently forgot she was no longer a small cub when she leaped onto a volunteer that helped raise her.

The leopard was brought to Cheetah Experience, a wildlife conservation in South Africa, hours after her mother abandoned her in the wild. She was underweight, and experts believe her mother didn't have enough milk to feed her.

Since volunteer Juhi Agrawal was there to help raise pardus from birth, she's said to not pose a threat to her caregivers.

Cheetah Experience's founder told The Daily Mail, "It's very safe to interact with the leopards. We don't take any chances with the volunteers."

Unfortunately for Pardus, she will never be released back into the wild; the charity says leopards born in captivity must remain in captivity. But just because a large cat is wild doesn't mean it is any less loving.

Just ask Kevin "The Lion Whisperer" Richardson, the zoologist has been welcomed into a number of lion prides with open paws.

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anandaone August 07 2014 at 6:43 AM

I'd have leapt I to her lap too, if given the chance.

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redwingirish anandaone August 07 2014 at 9:27 AM

YOU KNOW IT!

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arcoregar anandaone August 07 2014 at 12:32 PM

No kidding...she's a babe.

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Crockett August 07 2014 at 7:17 AM

Now if only humans had such a conscience and sense of appreciation. If you stuck a brain....perhaps that of a politician, doctor or lawyer in that cat, there would be guts and feathers everywhere.

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pboucard50 Crockett August 07 2014 at 9:34 AM

No guts, just feathers.

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Jimmy August 07 2014 at 8:46 AM

sOMETIMES i THINK THAT THE SWEETEST AND PUREST LOVE OF ALL IS THE LOVE ANIMALS AND THEIR HUMANS SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER

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David August 07 2014 at 5:47 AM

How refreshing, a heartwarming story for a change. I just wish I could view the video, but, alas, AOL appears to be experiencing technical difficulties.

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lightyrs1 August 07 2014 at 10:38 AM

What a beautiful specimen...and the leopard's not bad either!

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liontwin33 lightyrs1 August 08 2014 at 1:01 PM

Thanks, I just about spit out my morning coffee, reading your comment. Always good to start one's day with a good laugh!

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dwtomczyk August 07 2014 at 7:10 AM

now that would be a protection animal for her house.

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pboucard50 dwtomczyk August 07 2014 at 9:38 AM

Not really. We should walk away from the easy road, like thinking about using everything for our own purpose. This majestic animal belongs in the wild, away from Melissa Bachman.

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Denise August 07 2014 at 7:17 AM

So great !

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STAN THE MAN Denise August 07 2014 at 10:24 AM

Until you get your scalp ripped off.

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flagwaver2 August 07 2014 at 11:13 AM

Yikes...that was cute but it's still a wild animal.

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Kate flagwaver2 August 07 2014 at 1:27 PM

Wild animals can be just as loyal as domesticated ones. Pardus would never hurt her. Other people? They would have to be more cautious, because as you said, Pardus is still a leopard.

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darkcloudstonite Kate August 07 2014 at 2:20 PM

" Pardus would never hurt her. " That's a ridiculous statement. Tell that to Sigfried and Roy

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darkcloudstonite flagwaver2 August 07 2014 at 2:15 PM

Exactly...just last week there was a story here about a woman who lost a finger because she wanted to pet a lion, and people were making comments saying how dumb she was, didn't she understand it's a wild animal, etc.

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joao August 07 2014 at 6:55 AM

when I see this animals more I think that they have advantage comparing with human being long time war makers...

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pboucard50 joao August 07 2014 at 9:36 AM

We humans are the Saturday night supper made with left overs from the week. Animals teach their best to their offsprings, we lie to ours. (My journey into reality).

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jjoyce39 August 07 2014 at 10:18 AM

I'd leap on that Hottie too!

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