The female jaguar that suffered burnt paws during the 2020 Pantanal wildfires in Brazil has given birth to a healthy cub at the animal sanctuary caring for her.
The feline was rescued from a fire in the Brazilian Pantanal on 17th August 2020, but she had suffered severe burns to her feet as she ran over the burning ground.
The animal was treated in the municipality of Corumba de Goias in the state of Goias in west-central Brazil for third-degree burns.
The jaguar was originally rescued in the neighbouring state of Mato Grosso by the local fire brigade after she turned up at locals’ houses, fleeing the fire.
She was taken to a local hospital before being transferred to Goias three days later to start stem-cell treatment.
Named Manancy, the jaguar lost her claws in the fire and therefore cannot be released in the wild, as she would not survive without them.
The jaguar has been recovering at the animal sanctuary for nearly two years and recently gave birth to two cubs. However, one cub was born malformed and did not survive.
Environment officials said they plan to introduce the cub back to the Pantanal when it has grown and is able to survive on its own.
Sadly, due to her injuries, Manancy will be unable to return to the wild with her offspring when that day comes.
The Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland area and the world’s largest flooded grasslands. However, in the dry season, it is often plagued by wildfires.
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