Leopard on the loose mauls six at Indian school
A leopard has wandered into a school in southern India and injured up to six people as it tried to escape, officials said.
Onlookers including TV news crews watched the chase, which lasted several hours until forest workers shot the big cat with a tranquilliser dart, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.
The leopard can be seen launching itself at a man as he attempts to escape by climbing over a fence. The man then struggles to fend off the leopard with the animal biting his arm. The man was later treated for minor injuries.
The agency quoted school officials as saying the leopard was first seen on CCTV before dawn in the private Vibgyor School in Bangalore, and then disappeared into surrounding bushes.
The big cat later scaled a wall to re-enter the school grounds. It attacked and injured three people including a vet and a man who was trying to climb over a gate to get away, the agency reported.
Police said up to six are being treated in hospital.
Senior police official, S Boralingaiah, described why the operation lasted so long.
"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard,” he said.
“Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect."
The BBC reported that the animal was then moved to a national park, while the six injured people have been treated for minor injuries.