Currently, it's cub season, and so pregnant leopards often seek shelter in the sugarcane, not realizing that it's also harvest season.
A little wild family would have been permanently torn apart if some nice people hadn't stepped in — just in time — to help.
Sugarcane farmers were finishing up a long day's work harvesting the fields in Maharashtra, India, when they discovered a tiny bundle of fur lying on the ground.
The beautifully spotted bundle was a leopard cub, just about 2 months old, and, worried for the baby's safety, the farmers knew just what to do: They contacted a forest officer and a rescue team from Wildlife SOS headed to the fields.
It's not uncommon for leopards and people to come in contact in that region, since farms and cities overlap with leopard habitat.
"Expanding farmland and depleting forests have led to a manifold increase in man-leopard conflict in the area," according to Wildlife SOS, an organization that assists in many rescues of native wildlife in the region.