Brought here 10 days ago after being caught from a village in Narmada district,where it killed two women,the man-eating leopard is now a new inmate of the wildlife rescue centre at Pavagadh near Halol.
The five-year-old female feline is yet to be christened like the three others already staying at the centre.
Fearing that the leopard has now become a potential threat to humans,the authorities have decided to keep the leopard confined at the rescue centre. This would also keep the animal safe from being killed by humans.
The centre,which is one of the two in Gujarat,is maintained by the state forest department and aims at rescuing and treating wild animals. The other,which is in Junagadh,was never so lively since it started operation in 2007 with two similar man-eaters,both of whom died a few years ago due to old age. With the new inmate,the facility now has four leopards,the highest so far for the facility with eight separate cages.
The two other leopards living at the centre,five-year-old Sheila and six-year-old Julie,were brought here from Vyara forest region in Tapi district in April 2011 and share a similar history of aggression against humans. While Sheila has killed two people,Julie killed an old woman in early 2011,following which both were trapped and brought to this rescue centre,situated near Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary.
Raghuveer,the only male leopard,is a nine-year-old and was caught from a village near Rajpipla in Narmada district in April 2013 after it killed a 14-year-old boy. Brought from the wild into a secure environment,the yet-to-be-named leopard is finding it hard to familiarise itself to the new environment and is not familiar with the cage that surrounds its new home.