Leopard nabbed after 36 hours in car plant
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