Our story today is about saving a predator and has an unexpected ending.
A few years ago a small unit of soldiers from the brazilian armed forces was doing their daily check of a site along the river. It was monsoon season and the amazon river had overflowed its banks and flooded the territory beyond its channel.
One of the border unit soldiers noticed an animal fighting with the current in the middle of the raging river. The man didn’t hesitate for a second. He swam to the rescue but as he got closer. He saw a scared jaguar in front of him. The man could have turned around and abandoned the wild animal but something inside told him that he needed to rescue the jaguar.
The animal was clearly tired of fighting the current and was ready to give up. I grabbed him from behind by the front legs and neck as I was taught it’s a good thing that the coast was so closed the soldier remembered a few months later on .
After the rescue it was decided to take the jaguar with them as he was too weak and exhausted and leaving him in the jungle could only mean one thing a certain death at the hands of hunters. It was as if the jaguar really understood that they were trying to help and didn’t resist at all.
They took him to the base fed him and warmed him up. When the local authorities heard this story they allowed the animal to be left in the custody of the brazilian armed forces and now the strong and beautiful jaguar is surrounded by human care and love.
The jaguar got named jukka taya meaning the found one. To this day he remains in the ranks of the brazilian armed forces and is probably the only truly tamed jaguar in the world. Taya got stronger before their eyes but the most surprising was that he trustfully played with people allowing them to stroke him never releasing his claws and frolicking like a little cat .
Time went by but the predatory animal didn’t seem to plan on leaving people. He was rarely tied up so he had many opportunities to run away but for reasons still unknown he never did. The soldiers got so attached to their new friend that they even took him to serve as a service dog.
The predator loves the soldiers and served loyally to protect the military unit from potential enemies . For the continuation watch the video.