natgeo Video by @bertiegregory. A female leopard and her little cub relax in a dried up river bed in the Sabi Sands, South Africa. Leopard cubs are born blind and start to develop sight after 10 days. Cubs will stay then stay with their mothers until they’re around 2 years old. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Out of curiosity, if I see a crab walking on the beach, should I put it back into the ocean so that it doesn't die from heat?
Good question! Many species of crabs spend time both in the water and on shore – so if a crab is walking on shore it probably has a reason to be there. For the crab’s health, you should leave it where it is.
That goes for other wildlife, as well! From small seabirds to large whales, it’s always a good idea to give wildlife plenty of space so it can keep doing its thing. Many marine invertebrates and fish have a slimy coating that protects them from infection, and touching them can remove that coating. And getting too close to larger animals – like seals and whales – can disrupt their sleep cycles or make it harder for them to communicate with their families or find food.
We’re very glad you want to take care of marine animals, and thank you for checking in! You can learn more about safe ways (for you and the wildlife!) to view marine species here.