Wild leopard intrudes into Mysuru Zoo, captured; delays entry of visitors

Mysuru, October 26:-  A moment of tension gripped the officials and visitors at the Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in the city this morning when they sighted a wild leopard resting on a tree branch inside the zoo premises.

The big cat is said to have intruded into the zoo premises from the Karanji Lake side.

A staff of the Mysuru Zoo spotted the leopard climbing a tree in the zoo premises and alerted the officials immediately. The visitors who had queued in front of the zoo in large numbers were not allowed inside the zoo premises for over two hours as the leopard posed threat to human lives. The zoo officials and workers swiftly took necessary steps to trap the wild cat.

In an operation that lasted for more than two hours, the officials tranquilised the leopard and trapped it in a cage. Officials of the zoo who were present during the operation assured that such incidents won’t take place in future.

Three days back two adult leopards were spotted in and around Somnathpura village in T-Narispur taluk and had killed a few stray dogs in the region. This is not the first time the leopard was spotted in the city, few months ago it was alleged that a leopard was sighted near the Lingambudhi Lake in Ramakrishnanagar here and a cage was fixed to trap the big cat by the forest department officials.

– (MR/KS, KK)

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