A male leopard was rescued from a house in Vasai (East) after a 7-hour secure-and-rescue operation by forest officials Wednesday.
The seven-year-old big cat had made himself at home under some firewood kept in the bathroom outside a chawl at Fatherwadi. A neighbour spotted the leopard around 6 am and informed the national park authorities, who reached the spot around 9 am.
The rescue team comprised 20 forest officials — a five-member expert rescue team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), a five-member rescue team and 10 foresters from Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS). According to officials, the leopard must have strayed into the area from the sanctuary.
- Varun Gandhi Under Attack Over Defence Deals: Here’s How
- This Diwali, Let Blind Students Brighten Up your Homes With Candles & Diyas
- CBI Files Supplementary Chargesheet In Sheena Bora Murder Case
- Soha Ali Khan And Vir Das Starrer 31st October Audience Reaction
- Sahara Chief Subrata Roy’s Parole Extended Till November 28
- Simple Tips To Secure Your Debit Card From Fraudsters
- New Zealand & India Team Being Welcomed In Chandigarh
- Mumbai Call Centre Scam: All You Need To Know
- Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Appeals To Police: Here’s What She Said
- Shocker From Ahmedabad: Find Out What Happened
- Bigg Boss 10 Day 3 Review: Celebs Fail To Do Well in First Task
- Airtel Offers 10GB Data At Rs 259 For New 4G Smartphone Users
- Aamir Khan Starrer Dangal’s Trailer Launched: First Impressions
- TMC Supporters Attack BJP Leader Babul Supriyo
- Sri Lankan Navy Apprehends 20 Indian Fishermen
Forest officials struggled for around six hours to contain the surging crowd and secure the spot where the leopard was hiding using ply wood. The actual rescue operation took just half an hour, during which the leopard was tranquilised and moved to the trap cage, which concluded around 3 pm. The leopard was taken to SGNP for a medical check-up and was deemed fit to be released. “There were no injuries on the animal. But he was slightly stressed. He weighs around 65 kg and is fit to be released. We have put a microchip on it,” said Dr Sanjiv Pinjarkar, veterinary officer at SGNP. Lack of a microchip indicates that the leopard was caught for the first time, he added.
Forest officials alleged that there were hardly any police officers to help them manage the crowd. “A massive crowd had gathered and the leopard was stressed, making our work difficult. We had to spend a lot of time controlling them from further aggravating the animal,” said S D Saste, Assistant Conservator of Forests, SGNP.