Tamil Nadu

Trapped leopard rescued

The leopard that was caught in an iron wire at Mordhana reserve forest. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Forest Department personnel rescued a female leopard that was trapped in an iron wire within a bush, nearly 100 metres away from the Mordhana Reserve Forest on Saturday.

Officials of the Pernambut Forest Range said the animal was around two-and-a-half to three years old.

It was trapped in the wire, kept inside a bush on a land falling in the Rangampettai beat on Friday.

Though they received information about the animal, the personnel could not trace its location as it was dark and foggy. Such snares were reportedly kept by villagers to trap wild boars that enter agricultural lands.

“We reached the spot in the early hours of Saturday. A three-member team from Vandalur Zoo arrived and tranquilised the animal. It is now in our custody. Whether the animal will be released into the wild will be decided by senior officials of the department,” an officer of the Forest Department said. Initially, the personnel faced problems as crowds gathered around the spot.

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