A two-year-old male leopard weighing in at 30kg was rescued by the forest officials from the garage of an unoccupied house in Davorlim. The rescue was witnessed by more than 3,000 people, which took place on Friday.
It is suspected that the leopard had strayed from a nearby hill in search for food, on Thursday night. He took refuge in the garage and the animal rescue squad of the South Goa range forest was alerted after a local spotted the leopard.
“Post inspection we learnt that the leopard was resting beneath a vehicle in the garage,” said range forest officer Siddhesh Gaude. After laying a trap, forest officials made attempts to lure the leopard out but in vain. “Around 3,000-4,000 people gathered outside the house making it difficult for us to lure the mammal out. We then approached the Maina-Curtorim police to disperse the crowd,” said Gaude – TNN
Local resident Omkar Pawaskar said, “Police personnel fenced the area following which there was some crowd control.” At 4.30pm, the squad tranquilized the leopard with a blowpipe leaving the animal temporarily unconscious.
“After 20 minutes, we captured it and sent it to Bondla wildlife sanctuary for examination,” said Gaude.
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