Sunday, 14 February 2016

Leopard enters Indian school and injures five people before capture


Big cat wanders into grounds of school in Bangalore before being shot with tranquilliser dart
Agence France-Presse in Bangalore

Monday 8 February 2016 13.02 GMT
Last modified on Monday 8 February 201622.01 GMT

Five people have been injured during an attempt to capture a leopard that wandered into a school in southern India, a wildlife official has said.

Photos of the incident in Bangalore show the animal prowling around the closed school and trying to maul forestry officials as well as a wildlife activist and others who came too close.

Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife officer in Karnataka state, said the leopard appeared to have entered the school from a nearby forest by jumping over the compound’s wall.

The animal is seen attacking a man lying on the ground who uses his hand to defend himself. The cat is also shown sinking its claws into another man’s leg as he tries to climb a gate.

“The leopard was caught and caged after a four-hour operation, when it was trapped in a room with one tranquilliser shot through a wire-meshed ventilator,” Ralph said.



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