Black Leopard Grows Up on Animal Planet

Television special looks at the life of a rescued wild cat.

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Cat Black LeopardAs part of its Growing Up series, the Animal Planet network takes a look at the life of Eddy, a black leopard living at the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center in Colorado. Owners Pat and Shelly Craig provide care for abandoned and abused wild animals, including large cats. Several years ago, the Craigs rescued a pair of adult black leopards,  unaware that the female was pregnant. When the baby leopard was born, the couple removed it from the leopards environment to protect it from the male leopard, and raised it on their own.

Lifelong animal lover Edie Falco, known for her role on the Home Box Office (HBO) series The Sopranos, hosts this episode of Growing Up. She follows Eddys progress as he grows from a cute little kitten into a full-grown predator. Viewers learn  the problems the Craigs encountered while raising the wild animal and how they overcame them, ensuring Eddy made it to adulthood. Audiences  see the entire Craig family playing with Eddy and learn how he reacts when he is released into a 20-acre enclosure to live with other leopards.

The episode will air on Animal Planet on May 21 and May 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Posted: May 18, 2006, 5:00 a.m. EST

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lg    Longmont, CO

7/11/2009 3:57:28 PM

I saw Eddy was quite interesting how much he vocalizes to the volunteers when they talk to him...but of course it was close to feeding time and he knew it. The sanctuary is a wonderful place that takes great care of these abused animals. They have over 150 lions, tigers, bears, cougars, wolves, bobcats, etc.

John Chadwick    Flagstaff, AZ

7/11/2009 8:37:21 AM

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Conservation Center has updated information on Eddie and his parents. I Thought this was a fantastic show, and I'm glad it raised awareness of the great work that the sanctuary is doing.

cheryl    kent, wa, WA

3/17/2009 8:23:30 PM

eddy is so cute now I know how animals are inportant.

Teresa    Ridgefield, CT

3/24/2008 8:10:26 AM

I loved this show but never saw it in its entirety. I am trying to find out when it is on again.

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