Leop­ard nabbed af­ter 36 hours in car plant

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

A LEOP­ARD on the loose inside In­dia’s largest car fac­tory was cap­tured and tran­quil­lised yes­ter­day 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 40km from the cap­i­tal New Delhi.

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

But the leop­ard was un­moved and 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,” Mane­sar deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner Ashok Bak­shi said.

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

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

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