Nalgonda/Hyderabad: A five-year-old leopard, which suffered injuries after walking into a trap laid for wild boar in an agricultural field in Ajalapuram of Nalgonda, is now recuperating in the veterinary wing of the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad.
The unsuspecting leopard had walked into a snare set up in a field owned by a farmer, Dharma Naik, in the early hours of Tuesday, with villagers finding the big cat in the trap a little later. Even as the terrified villagers alerted the police, people from surrounding villages began swarming the field to see the leopard, which was making intermittent efforts to wriggle out of the trap.
The police called in officials of the Forest Department, who in turn sought the help of the Nehru Zoological Park to rescue the trapped cat. A four-member team from the zoo, led by Asadullah, Veterinary Assistant Surgeon of the Zoo Park, rushed to the spot and using a tranquilizer gun, managed to get the restless leopard to sleep while they shifted him into a cage by 12.50 pm.
Divisional Forest Officer K Sudarshan Reddy said higher officials would decide on how long the leopard would be kept in the zoo and on his release into the forest after recovery.
Reddy said the mystery over the recent killings of about five cows in the area, which were believed to be the handiwork of a hyena, had now ended with the leopard showing up. The official also said the laying of the trap would be investigated and that cases would be filed against those behind the snare.
Zoo curator N Kshitija, stating that the male leopard was about five years old, said he was shifted to the veterinary wing in the zoo for medical care and supervision by the zoo’s veterinarians, who would keep him under observation for at least three days.