Fright­ened Nil­gai causes a ruckus among S Delhi lo­cals

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - Cheena Kapoor cheena.kapoor@dnain­dia.net

I saw the an­i­mal the first time around a week back graz­ing in out the block, but due to noise cre­ated by the peo­ple and the stray dogs, it got scared and ran away Ra­jeev Shukla,

Se­cu­rity In­charge, RWA

A fright­ened Nil­gai has been caus­ing panic among the res­i­dents of the Sar­vo­daya En­clave in South Delhi. The wild an­i­mal was first spot­ted in the area over seven days back but was seen again on Thurs­day night af­ter which the res­i­dents raised an alarm and started seek­ing help from the wildlife groups. The Res­i­dent Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion of the C and D block, where it was last spot­ted, spent the en­tire Fri­day look­ing for it.

“I saw the an­i­mal the first time around a week back graz­ing in out the block, but due to noise cre­ated by the peo­ple and the stray dogs, it got scared and ran away. Then again there was a scare last night as peo­ple pan­icked, we have been look­ing for it since in the Vi­jay Man­dal Park, where it has been spot­ted by sev­eral res­i­dents in the last few days. We have also called some an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tions,” said Ra­jeev Shukla, Se­cu­rity In­charge, RWA.

It is not just the res­i­dents but the an­i­mal is trau­ma­tized too. One of the res­i­dents from the C-block shared how he saw the an­i­mal run away like crazy af­ter peo­ple started to shout out loud and dogs barked. “This is not a place for a wild an­i­mal. We just hope that it is found soon and be sent to its nat­u­ral habi­tat with­out any hurt,” said the res­i­dent.

In In­dia, the nil­gai is pro­tected un­der Sched­ule III of the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act of 1972. The nil­gai or blue bull is the largest Asian an­te­lope

and is en­demic to the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent. The nil­gai stands 1–1.5 me­ters (3.3–4.9 ft) at the shoul­der; males weigh 109–288 kilo­grams (240–635 lb), and the lighter fe­males 100–213 kilo­grams (220–470 lb).

The Nil­gai on Sar­vo­daya En­clave cam­pus in South Delhi

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