Frightened Nilgai causes a ruckus among S Delhi locals
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