The stray leopard at loose in India–again


WEB DESK: The stray forest leopard,that injured six people at a school in India before it was captured, has escaped its cage.

 The eight-year-old leopard strayed into a closed school in Bangalore on 7 February, injuring several people before being tranquilised.

It was taken to Bannerghatta National Park for medical treatment but on Sunday broke out of its cage. But officials said there was no cause for public alarm.

“It is a myth that a leopard can turn into a man-eater. It’s a very remote exception to the rule. On this count, there is no need for worry,” Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife warden in the south Indian state of Karnataka, told BBC Hindi’s Imran Qureshi.

Officials said the leopard escaped when attendants opened the cage to feed it, possibly when the cage door was not properly shut.

“They say that it could have got out through a gap in the railing. There is a lot of incongruity in the statements made by the staff there. So, we have ordered an inquiry. We should know the details in the next two or three days,” Mr Ralph said.

Source: BBC

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