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Runaway leopard returns to park after escape

A runaway leopard which escaped from an safari park in eastern India on New Year's Day has been recaptured after a massive search operation, an official said Saturday. Wildlife authorities had deployed drones, trained elephants and set up traps with live bait to find the big cat after it escaped the park located in the foothills of the Himalayas, 557 kilometres (346 miles) north of Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. The four-year-old beast nicknamed Sachin finally returned to its enclosure in the park late Friday,…

Leopard spotted prowling around court in India

AHMEDABAD: Employees at a courthouse in India had a fright on Friday after a young leopard was spotted prowling around the building, authorities said. "Seeing the leopard the court staff ran out of the room and locked it from outside and informed us," G.A. Zala, a forestry official in the western state of Gujarat, told AFP. With an excited crowd gathering outside the court in the town of Chotila, the big cat was eventually found after three and a half hours hiding under a cupboard. The animal, thought to be around…

Meditating Buddhist monk killed by leopard attack in India

A Buddhist monk has been killed by a leopard while meditating in a protected forest for the big cats, the fifth such attack in the area this month, Indian police said Thursday. Rahul Walke Bodhi was seated beneath a tree in Ramdegi forest in western India for morning prayers on Tuesday when the leopard pounced. The 35-year-old monk was fatally injured, police in Maharashtra state said. Two other devotees meditating with him at the time escaped unscathed to alert police, who started a search for his body. "His…

VIDEO: Leopard ‘invades’ housing colony in India, mauls a man

INDORE, India: A leopard ran amok in the Indian city of Indore couple of days ago after first getting stuck in a building there overnight. The big cat was spotted by passers-by on their way to work when the animal was stalking through the streets, sparking mass panic as residents fled to their homes for safety. It came after a large crowd had gone to see the animal being removed from the building it was trapped in. Footage shows a few men trying to capture the beast with a net outside the door of the building.…

Leopard caught after 36 hours on prowl in India factory

NEW DELHI: A leopard on the loose inside India’s largest car factory was caught and tranquilised Friday after sparking a frantic 36-hour search by 200 police and wildlife officials. The big cat was spotted on Thursday on CCTV by guards at Maruti Suzuki’s manufacturing plant in the town of Manesar, just 24 miles from the capital New Delhi. After workers were evacuated from the plant, which churns out nearly a million vehicles a year, police kicked off an hours-long operation to catch the animal, even using live goats…