The male leopard which was rescued from an Air Force base in Chandigarh and put under observation last week is reportedly in good health and was transferred to a cage after being in critical state for four days at the Chhatbir zoo hospital. Decision on whether it will be kept at the zoo or let out to a forest reserve is likely to be taken in a few days by UT wildlife officials.
The entire process will take four to five days,health clearance from the zoo medical department is awaited. Permission from chief wildlife warden,in whose premises the animal will be sent will also be requested, said Santosh Kumar,UT Chief Wildlife Warden.
Veterinarians inform that though the animal is active and is now consuming a normal diet,its behavorial patterns are yet to be observed. It remained stuck in a 75 ft long pipe for more than 11 days,the infection rate is high and the animal may have internal injuries. Once all these observations are done,a health clearance certificate will be given to forest authority. said an expert of the medical team examining the leopard.
The leopard was spotted by Air Force officials in a 75 ft long underground cable carrying pipes,a fortnight back. Forest officials team succeeded to rescue the animal after 11 days by tranquilisation,after which it was sent to Chhatbir zoo for medical observation.