Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Leopard that attacked six people at school has escaped from cage at rescue centre - Update

A leopard that was captured last week after it wandered into the Vibgyor International school in Bangalore, India, and injured six forest department personnel has escaped from the enclosure in Bannerghatta Biological Park, where it was being caged.

A senior official said it could have escaped from its cage late in the night on Sunday and the incident came to light only on Monday morning. An operation is on to track and recapture it. "We will come to know about it only after investigation.

"Once the probe is over, we will fix the responsibility and initiate action," he said. The leopard had entered the school on February 7 causing panic in and around the area. However, it was tranquilised and captured after a day-long operation, during which it had attacked six forest personnel.

Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, said he would seek information from forest department officials about the leopard's escape. "I will seek details of the animal's escape. I will talk to the forest department officials and find out the reason," he said. Officials said there were three layers of barriers and it was difficult (for the animal) to escape by itself. "We will get to how the leopard escaped only after a thorough investigation," they said.

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