Panic in city as leopard on loose
A STRAY leopard created claws for alarm yesterday when it was spotted wandering through a residential area of a northern Indian city in broad daylight.
As locals of the area in Jalandhar city in northern Punjab state scattered, a group of rangers intervened without paws, jumping in to wrangle the big cat out of harm’s way.
At first they tried to tranquillise it, but it escaped over a wall and into the village, sending locals running for their lives. The feisty feline bit one ranger and clawed two others, attacking one man as the group bolted for cover after attempting to capture it with a net.
The leopard also injured a resident who pelted it with rocks. However, none of the injuries were serious. Eventually the animal wandered into a building and the rangers locked it in a room.
A leopard is also thought to be responsible for the death of a three-year-old Indian boy who was found dead on Tuesday.
Conflicts between humans and animals are on the rise in India, as the human population grows and people begin living in areas near and even inside nature reserves.
A leopard attacks an Indian man in the Lamba Pind area in Jalandhar. The animal attacked at least six people, though none was injured seriously, local media said.