A leopard was found dead outside an urban health centre in Dhararnagar area of Junagadh city on Wednesday. The forest department said that the big cat died due to old age. Residents of Dhararnagar were scared to spot a leopard lying outside the urban health centre in Dhararnagar area on Bilkha Road of Junagadh on Wednesday morning. Soon, forest department was informed and forest officers concluded that the big cat was dead.
“After we were informed at around 8 am, we shifted the leopard carcass to Sakkarbagu Zoo to conduct post-mortem. After the autopsy, veterinary doctors concluded that the big cat had died due to old age,” Parbat Maru, range forest officer of Dungar South Range in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary said. Maru further said that the dead animal was a male leopard believed to be around 15 year old.
“Since Junagadh city is located on the border of the sanctuary, it is not uncommon to find leopards straying into the city area. Leopards love to prey on dogs and we believe this one also could have come in search of food. In any case, the urban health centre is barely 150 metres away from the border of the sanctuary,” Maru further said. Incidentally, a leopard was stranded in the official residential bungalow of police superintendent of Junagadh district last year.