Leop­ard res­cued from Marol

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: Hours af­ter the for­est depart­ment set up a res­cue cage at Marol, And­heri (East), fol­low­ing re­ports that a leop­ard had been spot­ted in the lo­cal­ity, the an­i­mal was trapped in the early hours of Thursday. “Around 3am, the leop­ard walked into the cage that was set up in an aban­doned in­dus­trial unit on Mil­i­tary Road. We had left chick­ens as bait,” said Ji­ten­dra Ram­gaokar, deputy con­ser­va­tor of for­est, Thane for­est range, who led the oper­a­tion along with 25 other for­est of­fi­cers and staff from San­jay Gandhi Na­tional Park (SGNP).

Dr Shailesh Pethe, vet­eri­nar­ian, SGNP, said the leop­ard has been kept in iso­la­tion and will un­dergo sev­eral med­i­cal tests.

For­est of­fi­cials said lo­cals had spot­ted the leop­ard at Hal­imabai Chawl near Marol Nand Dham Ud­hyog so­ci­ety on Sunday and called them to res­cue the leop­ard.

Res­i­dents wel­comed the ef­forts made by for­est depart­ment to trap the leop­ard, but said it just shows how im­por­tant it is to pro­tect Aarey Colony from development.

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A chicken was used as bait to lure the leop­ard.

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