As the outbreak of coronavirus has forced people to remain indoors and limit their regular activities, sightings of wild animals venturing into now deserted urban spaces have been reported from various cities across the country. A similar incident was reported in Vadodara after the Gujarat Forest Department, on Wednesday, confirmed that a hyena had ventured into the city.
On Tuesday, the forest department had received a call from Jalaramnagar close to L&T circle, which stated that a cow had been preyed upon by a wild animal. On investigation, the forest department found that the wild animal was a hyena. “Based on the paw marks, we could identify that it was a hyena. No one had spotted it as such. We are suspecting that it had come from the ravines close to the Vishwamitri river and gone back,” said Forest Officer Nidhi Dave.
Interestingly, no hyena has been spotted anywhere close to the city area in the last ten years. “There have been sightings of hyenas, but in the rural areas. This is the first time that a hyena has ventured so close to the city area. It’s probably because of the absence of any human activities and with no vehicles on the road,” Dave added. No census for hyenas in and around Vadodara has been conducted so far. The forest department has now placed a cage to trap the hyena.
On April 20, the forest department had rescued a porcupine which was found wandering in the city. On April 21, forest officials had also rescued a baby crocodile which had wandered to an under-construction site close to Harni area of the city.
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