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Rare Amur leopard photos captured in NE China


08:36, May 15, 2012

The photo taken on April 4 shows an adult leopard resting on the hill of Changbai Mountain in Wangqing county, Yanbian Korean autonomous prefecture, northeast China's Jilin province.(Xinhua Photo)

CHANGCHUN - Ten clear photos of the endangered Amur leopard were recently taken in a forest in northeast China's Jilin province, researchers said Monday.

The photos, taken on April 4 on Changbai Mountain in Wangqing county, show an adult leopard resting and walking on the hill, said Sun Ge, a doctor at Peking University.

The county is located in the Yanbian Korean autonomous prefecture, which borders Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Sun worked with the Wangqing County Forestry Bureau (WCFB) to set up more than 100 automatic infrared cameras in the forest to capture images of animals.

According to the WWF, the Amur leopard has been photographed in the county's forests only two other times since 1949, with the first and second instances occurring on August 24 and September 19, 2011, respectively.

Sun said some WCFB employees claim to have spotted a leopard on April 28.

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