Leopard strays into village, creates panic

Written by | January 29, 2015 | 0

Kadapa: A leopard that staryed into village and perched atop a peepal tree in Netivandlapalle in Veeraballi mandal of Kadapa District, created panic among the residents. The animal was trapped after being shot by a tranquiliser gun by staff of forest department rescue team after a six-hour-long effort.

Villagers going for work in agricultural fields around 8 a.m. were panic-stricken on hearing a leopard’s cry and ran helter skelter on spotting it in bushes. As the villagers shouted loudly out of fear, the leopard climbed a peepal tree and perched itself atop a branch.

On being alerted by the villagers, Veeraballe sub-inspector of police Bhakthavatsalam and Rayachoti Rural circle inspector Prabhakar Babu rushed to the village, took stock of the situation and informed forest department officials. A Forest Department rescue team was rushed and it immobilised the leopard by shooting it with a tranquiliser gun.

Later, forest department personnel brought the wild animal down, kept it in a cage and shifted it to Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park at Tirupati at around 3 p.m. The leopard was two-year-old and might have ventured into the village from nearby Seshachalam forest area, the forest officials said. The villagers heaved a sigh of relief as it did not harm any person or cattle.

Filed in: Andhra

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