A leopard sneaked into a school near Whitefield in Bengaluru attacking people who came in its way. Two people were injured in the high drama that took place at the Vibgyor High School in Marathahalli. Dramatic video footage showed the scared big cat running aimlessly in the school premises. Forest officials who tried to tranquilise the leopard were attacked. Thankfully, it was a Sunday and students of the school were at homes enjoying their weekly holiday.
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The security official of the school suspected that a leopard had broken into the school premises. CCTV footage showed the leopard skulking through the corridors of the school building. Therefore, a call was made to the forest department. A team of forest officials arrived at the school and scoured it to trap the big cat. It took them 10 hours to finally catch the leopard. The animal was then released into the wilds.
The feline looked terrified apparently by the presence of people surrounding it and went on an attacking spree. It pulled down a forest official who was trying to climb a fence to escape. The leopard was seen attacking him again by a swimming pool. The man somehow manages to free himself from the leopard’s clutches. A few shots of tranquiliser darts were fired at the wild animal and it was seen running away towards a changing room where the animal collapsed.
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Forest officials waited for an hour to confirm that the leopard was transquilised completely. Then they covered the animal with a net and took it away to the rescue centre.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Ravi Ralf told The Hindu newspaper that it was an 8-year-old full-grown male leopard and is being kept for treatment and observation at the rescue centre of the Bannerghatta Biological Park. A call on its relocation will be taken by the forest department.
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