Snow leopards roam into hydropower station

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Two snow leopards roamed into the working area of a hydropower station in northwest China’s Gansu Province, according to the station on Monday.

The station, which belongs to the Longyang Hydropower Co., Ltd in Sunan Yugur Autonomous County, is located in the Qilian mountains. Surveillance camera footage showed a dark shadow wandering outside the gate of the station at 6 a.m. on Nov. 18 before worming in from under the door, followed soon by another one.

“Then we adjusted the camera and the images of two snow leopards moving in the working area of the station were clearly presented,” said Chen Haiyang, a staffer with the station.

“I thought they were foxes at first, but as the camera zoomed in, I realized they were snow leopards,” Chen said.

“Wild animals like blue sheep frequented before but this is the first time the big cats were found here. I was very scared, after all, they were visiting a workplace.” “A range map of snow leopards shows a sign of expanding.—AFP

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