Leopard strays into Infosys campus

Special Correspondent
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Later, it was captured by the Forest Department and zoo authorities

Set free: The leopard making a final dash into the Nagarahole National Park, where it was released. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
Set free: The leopard making a final dash into the Nagarahole National Park, where it was released. — PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

A leopard strayed into the Infosys campus at the Hebbal Industrial Area in the wee hours of Wednesday. It gave a scare to some workers before it was tranquilised and translocated to the Nagarahole National Park.

The spotted cat made its appearance around 2.30 a.m. It was first sighted by the workers near the CCS stockyard, following which the security personnel were informed.

After some desperate attempts to flee, it settled down near a steel stockyard.

Security personnel fanned out in a bid to constrict the leopard's movement. Nylon ropes and nets were brought to trap the animal.

In the melee, K.N. Prashanth, a photographer attached to Infosys, was injured by the leopard.

The Forest Department personnel and zoo authorities who were informed of the leopard's presence, reached the spot with tranquiliser guns and veterinary doctors. They resumed the operation to trap the animal, but in vain. Finally, around 10 a.m. the animal was sighted and the tranquiliser dart, which was fired it found its mark. The male leopard, which was around 4 years old, was secured it with the net. The animal was taken to Pujakallu in the Anthasanthe range. Deputy Conservator of Forests Vijaya Ranjan Singh accompanied the team.

The antidote to the tranquiliser was administered, following which the leopard was set free into the jungles.

It waited for a while and growled ferociously at the photographers and the Forest Department staff before gingerly walking to the edge of the jungle, from where it made a dash and disappeared into the canopy.

Wildlife activists pointed out that leopards are highly-adaptive creatures and prefer to live in close proximity to human habitats as they can prey on cattle and livestock as also on dogs. The Hebbal industrial area was part of the traditional wildlife habitat in the past but has been destroyed over the years due to expanding human landscape.

The area is encircled by agricultural fields, which provides cover to the leopards. Beyond this lies the Arabhitittu forests that provides a passage to Nagarahole.




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