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Maharashtra villagers find leopard lurking in cattle shed

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A female leopard who strayed into Taharabad village in Ahmednagar was captured by the Forest Department and Wildlife SOS and has been kept under observation

The village of Taharabad located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra had a surprise visitor as a leopard strayed into a cattle shed there.

This female feline, estimated to be between 10 to 12 years moved into a shed belonging to a farmer, housing cows and goats. On hearing scuffling noise, the farmer went to check and he came across the leopard inside the shed.

This particular creature had been sighted a few days earlier in the area.

The villager along with the others immediately alerted the Forest Department who despatched a team to the place. Meanwhile a Wildlife SOS team operating out of the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre in Junnar also sent their personnel.

Since operations involving rescue of leopards are dangerous, it requires careful planning and preparation to ensure the safety of the people and the animal. The team at first set up safety nets along the periphery of the shed and following this a trap cage was set up at the entryway to the shed. It did not take long for the leopard to walk into the trap cage.

It took three hours to capture the animal and she was moved to the Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Centre for observation and veterinary examination.

Wildlife Veterinary Officer with Wildlife SOS, Dr. Nikhil Bangar sharing details said: “The leopard is a female, about 10 to 12 years old. We are keeping her under close observation and will conduct a medical assessment soon.”

Wildlife SOS Kartick Satyanarayan observed that that due to old age, the leopard’s mobility was restricted to this area. “It must have entered the shed in search of shelter and easily available prey such as poultry and livestock.”

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