Andhra doctor appeals to India to rescue his pet jaguar and panther from Ukraine

Updated: Oct 5 2022 12:02PM

Andhra doctor appeals to India to rescue his pet jaguar and panther from Ukraine

London, Oct 5 (PTI) An orthopaedic doctor from Andhra Pradesh, who was based in Ukraine when the conflict broke out with Russia, has appealed to the Indian government to help rescue his pet jaguar and panther left behind when he was forced out of the war zone.

Dr Gidikumar Patil, known as Jaguar Kumar after his unusual pets, says his topmost priority is to save the life of his “precious cats” - Yasha, a male rare "lep-jag" hybrid between a leopard and jaguar, and Sabrina, a female black panther.

The 42-year-old was forced to leave them behind with a local farmer when he left Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, a hotbed of the conflict in the region, in search of alternate sources of income.