Mexico’s Federal Attorney’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) rescued a tiny one-week-old ocelot cub in the state of Michoacán.
The Leopardus pardales was found by the roadside and soon transported to the Morelia campus of the country’s National Autonomous University (UNAM) for tests.
The cub is set to be relocated to the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation where it will be nursed back to health, Sin Embargo reports.
Profepa has proposed that Michoacán ups its environmental protection strategies, with the establishment of a local 52-strong committee to promote awareness within the state.
The incentive will also protect the region’s 16,684 hectares of forestland, home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna, according to El Universal.
Ocelots, twice the size of a domestic cat, are also known as the dwarf leopard. Famed for its sleek and dappled coat, the species is found across most of Central and South America.