A RENOWNED conservationist and an employee of the Karnataka forest department suffered injuries in the course of a nearly 10-hour effort to capture a leopard that strayed into a school, Vibgyor International, on the outskirts of Bengaluru on Sunday. A cameraman from a regional TV channel also suffered an injury while trying to get shots of the leopard.
The struggle that began in the morning to capture the leopard ended around 8.15 pm when the leopard, which was tranquilised around 5 pm, finally collapsed. Rescuers then move it to an animal rescue centre at the Bannerghatta National Park, around 30 km from the school.
Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius suffered injuries while trying to corner and tranquilise the leopard that was moving around the corridors of the school. Gubbi, who is associated with the Nature Conservation Foundation, was called in to guide forest officials to capture it.
Locals reported that it was the first time that the animal was sighted in the region that has human settlements.
“It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 8.15 pm when the medication took full effect,” said DCP Dr S Boralingaiah. The two persons who suffered injuries while trying to inject the tranquiliser into the leopard were out of danger, said the police.
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— ANI (@ANI_news) February 7, 2016