Tallinn Zoo Welcomes its Own Baruto
The Amur leopard cub soon to be named after Baruto
( Photo: Courtesy of Tallinn Zoo )
An Amur leopard cub, born on April 14, will be named after the Estonia-born sumotori Baruto during a public ceremony at Tallinn Zoo on August 11.
The proposal came from a group of friends of the Tallinn Zoo who have been monitoring the leopard offspring via a webcam stream. According to them, the cub has demonstrated the size and spirit of a true hero from birth.
The wrestler himself, currently vacationing at home, has agreed to become the godfather to the little leopard and will be carrying out a christening ritual based on old sumo traditions.
Currently there are fewer than 45 Amur leopards in the wild, making the large feline predator one of the world's most endangered species.
At the event, donations will also be accepted in support of the zoo's Amur leopards.
The Tallinn Zoo is also participating in a global Amur leopard conservation program which aims to re-introduce more of the rare animals back into the wild.