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Leopard captured after 36 hours on the loose at Indian car plant

Posted: October 6, 2017 at 7:51 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Big cat was spotted on CCTV by guards at country’s largest car factory Animal will be released into wild after medical examination

A leopard on the loose inside India’s largest car factory has been caught and tranquillised after sparking a frantic 36-hour search by 200 police and wildlife officials.

The big cat was spotted on Thursday on CCTV by guards at Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plant in the town of Manesar, just 24 miles of the capital, New Delhi.

After workers were evacuated from the plant, which produces nearly a million vehicles a year, police launched an operation to catch the animal, even using live goats and raw meat to lure it out of hiding.

But the leopard remained out of sight until it returned to the same location where it was first spotted.

“The wildlife team was successful in tranquillising the leopard late afternoon,” said Ashok Bakshi, the police deputy commissioner of Manesar.

“The animal has been removed from the factory and after medical examination will be released in the wild,” he told AFP.

“No one was injured in the operation and area has been declared safe.”

Deadly conflict between humans and animals has increased in recent years in India largely due to shrinking forest habitats and urban expansion.

India’s environment ministry said in August that 1,144 people were killed between April 2014 and May 2017 by wild animals – an average of more than one a day.

There are an estimated 12,000-14,000 leopards in India, which are frequently killed when they stray into villages. Officials say one is killed on average every day.

In January a leopard was beaten to death by a mob outside Gurgaon, a satellite city outside Delhi, after it attacked and injured eight people.

Last year a leopard injured three children after wandering into a school in Bangalore in India’s south. Local schools went into lockdown for days until the leopard was located and tranquillised.






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