Kids have narrow escape as leopard intrudes into school



Shimla: More than 52 children of Mathali Primary School near Tara Devi in Shimla had a narrow escape this noon when a leopard intruded into the premises of the school. Meanwhile, another cat appeared in the outskirts of the town but was made captive.

According to staff at the school, a leopard entered the kitchen at about 12 noon when a man working inside spotted it an immediately raised an alarm. Senior veterinary officer Sandeep Rattan, who rushed to the spot, said that the wild cat was sick and did not hurt any one as it had suffered injuries while freeing itself from a snare. It was controlled by a wildlife team as made unconscious after two rounds of tranquilizers.

In the other incident, a full-grown leopard was captured by the forest department in Poabo village near Bharari here. A spokesperson of the department said that the leopard entered the cage set up by them in the village.

Both the captured leopards were taken to the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Tuti Kandi. Wildlife officer RK Raja told HimVani over phone that both the wild cats were doing well in captivity.

Earlier this year, while one leopard was captured by a wildlife team from the heart of the town near Ranijhansi Park another was made captive at St Bead’s College when it got trapped in a room. The young leopard captured at Ranijhansi Park could not survive.

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