알타이의 외로운 생존자 – Meeting snow leopard again – The Survivors of Altai, #09, 다시 만난 눈표범

알타이의 외로운 생존자 – Meeting snow leopard again – The Survivors of Altai, #09, 다시 만난 눈표범


One early morning in November,
we met with a snow leopard again on the rocky mountain. It’s been 6 months
since we’ve last seen one in May. Judging by the way
it’s chasing away the crows, it seems to have caught the huge black thing
that can be seen behind it. The average weight of snow leopards
is about 40 kilograms but they are very strong and can pull up
to three times their own weight. The weather is strange this year. It is already November but a heavy snowfall hasn’t yet made
an appearance on this mountain. This is very troubling because snow must
fall to provide moisture for grass to grow. And we need the grass
for herbivorous animals to come and be food for snow leopards. The food left by the snow leopard
has now also called the eagle. As the populations of snow leopards
and wolves decrease, the eagle will find it harder and harder
to secure food sources. Nature is where, despite the fights, everything depends on each other
for survival. A fox slowly approaches,
drawn by the scent of blood in the air. But, it’s too late. There is nothing it can do
but wait for another day. The mountains of Altai
are tall and perilous.

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