A six-hour operation launched to seize a leopard that was giving sleepless nights to folks in Subramanya and surrounding villages in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district failed because the feline escaped by the roof of an area farm’s toilet by which it was trapped together with a stray dog, officers mentioned on Wednesday.
The stray dog is taken care by native resident Jayalakshmi who was staying alone in her farm.
The leopard that got here to hunt the dog through the evening received locked up with the identical dog in a toilet. Nonetheless, the dog’s presence of thoughts ensured it remained unhurt through the six-hour ordeal.
The leopard managed to offer the slip when Forest Division workers broke the roof of a toilet to tranquilise it. The second the asbestos sheet that served the roof was damaged, the animal took a leap and managed to flee into the adjoining forest.
Folks from Subramanya and surrounding villages in Sullia taluk had breathed a sigh of reduction when the leopard ended up within the toilet of Jayalakshmi’s farm whereas chasing the stray dog.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (Mangaluru Division) V. Karikalan advised IANS that when the leopard chased the stray dog which went into the toilet, the proprietor of the home instantly locked the toilet door.
“This incident should have occurred at round 3 a.m. however the Forest Division acquired a name solely at 7 a.m. and instantly our workers rushed to the spot. The workers tried to seize the animal with out tranquilising it as the home is adjoining to reserved forest space, however couldn’t do it. When the tranquiliser crew arrived and tried to take away the roof as a part of the operation, the roof broke and the leopard succeeded in escaping,” he mentioned.
He added that the Forest Division had positioned two cages within the occasion of the leopard coming again to the village. “Leopards should not like territorial animals like tigers or lions. They roam round freely and hunt freely. Subsequently it is extremely uncommon to see a identical leopard in the identical place,” he mentioned.
He denied the claims that the Forest Division botched up its plan to seize the feline.
He added that it was a shock that leopard had not eaten the dog, its favorite prey. “Leopards relish dog meat, it’s fairly stunning, maybe it may need been too panicked when it received locked contained in the toilet,” he mentioned.
Native individuals who had gathered on the spot expressed displeasure over the failure of forest officers to catch the massive cat.
The leopard was mauling cattle and canine in a number of villages for the final one yr and couldn’t be trapped regardless of a number of makes an attempt by the Forest Division.
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