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After being hit by a speeding car near Agra, India, the injured leopard had no choice but to pull himself to the side of the road and wait for help.

It was the middle of the night, and the poor leopard was in so much pain.

He sat there, unable to stand. He desperately needed a miracle.

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Bustling cars kept passing him by until finally a kind motorist noticed the poor, hunched-over animal and stopped. It was 2 a.m. — but help was on the way.

The Wildlife SOS team was called and rushed to the scene, accompanied by forestry officers, to find the stressed animal laid out on the side of the road. The team safely tranquilized the animal and hurried him over to their rescue center, where he was stabilized.

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Unfortunately, cars pose an extreme risk to leopards and other endangered wildlife (on top of other dangers like deforestation and poaching). While it’s in a leopard’s nature to avoid humans, their shrinking forest habitat is pushing them closer and closer to villages and towns.

Now, more than ever, these big cats are being forced to learn how to avoid cars — but they can’t always dodge them.

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