Leopard rescued from Vidisha brought to Van Vihar Park

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Apr 2018 11:00:32


Staff Reporter,

The leopard entered Ahmedpur village of Vidisha district safely rescued by forest team and brought to Van Vihar National Park on Saturday. About 2,000 people gathered to witness the rescue operation which went on Friday late night. “It was really a historical rescue of any big cat as the leopard was at 70 feet height. We shot bullets three times for tranquillising the leopard. Police team was also there to control the mob. We had target to ensure safety of both the public and animal,” said Ashok Kumar Jain, Deputy Director Van Vihar National Park.

He further informed that the leopard is around 3-year-old and he is behaving normal at Van Vihar housing. He said leopard is observing everything closely as it is new place for him. A K Jain said, after observing his behaviour for a few days, further decision will be taken for the leopard weather to keep him in housing or leave in forest areas.

According to forest officials, the leopard strayed in village on Friday afternoon and also attacked four people including a child and old age person. Three out of four injured belong to the same family. The leopard had made the villagers scared and they locked themselves in home. Forest department sent rescue team with cages to capture the leopard. D S Kuswaha, Forest Ranger of the area, said leopard has attacked four people and made them injured. Injured are admitted to district hospital for further treatment. He said leopard was roaming in the village for many hours. When forest team reached to rescue the big cat, he climbed upon a tree. Kushwaha said the team kept on waiting for leopard to come down from tree for an hour. The leopard was taking rest at the Eucalyptus tree at height of 70 feet meanwhile rescue team tranquillised the leopard with gun and sent to the Van Vihar National Park for further treatment.