Snow leopard pair spotted in Nanda Devi. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, April 14 : While the lockdown may have slowed down life, it is the nature which is smiling and thriving.

In the latest sighting of rare species, a pair of snow leopards has been sighted in Nanda Devi National Park in Uttarakhand.

"Camera traps in Nanda Devi National Park reveal a pair of Snow Leopards. A smile adorns with such revelations. Good news being nurtured, folks! Courtesy: Director, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve," Indian Foreign Service officer Akash Kumar Verma said in a tweet.

Snow leopard is a rare species and there is a conservation programme called the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection (GSLEP) programme in which several countries are members.

There is also a dedicated International Snow Leopard Day (October 23). The maximum population of snow leopards is found in Mongolia and China.

This programme was hosted by India last year in October and a protocol was finalised for the enumeration of snow leopards. Once the enumeration is completed, the plan is to double the population of snow leopards in the world.

Another video that has gone viral is of a tigress with five cubs, which are in a playful mood. Although the exact location is not known, it is somewhere in north India.

"Mother #tigress with five cubs. The view which will bring smiles to #conservationists all around. From north India. Sent by @WildLense_India for sharing," Parveen Kaswan said in a tweet.

From Dhauladhar range being visible from Jalandhar to the now pristine looking waters of Ganga and Yamuna, there have been several videos of how nature is rejuvenating during the global lockdown in place in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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