Monday 18 December 2017

Leopard on the loose mauls six at Indian school

The leopard mauled a number of people during the chaotic mission to capture it
The leopard mauled a number of people during the chaotic mission to capture it
The hunted animal was finally felled with a tranquilliser dart
The leopard, which is thought to have strayed from a nearby forest, has now been moved to a national park
The leopard was first spotted strolling around the empty corridors of the Vibgyor International 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.

The leopard, which is thought to have strayed from a nearby forest, has now been moved to a national park
The leopard, which is thought to have strayed from a nearby forest, has now been moved to a national park

Senior police official, S Boralingaiah, described why the operation lasted so long.

"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard,” he said.

The leopard was first spotted strolling around the empty corridors of the Vibgyor International School
The leopard was first spotted strolling around the empty corridors of the Vibgyor International School

“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.

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