A pregnant leopardess died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle near Kashimira locality in Mira Bhayandar township of Maharashtra's Thane district early on Sunday, an official said.
The incident occurred on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway shortly after Saturday midnight, he added.
"A female leopard was found grievously injured on the highway around 12.30 am on Sunday. The animal was brought to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) leopard rescue centre by the staff," G Mallikarjun, chief conservator of forest of SGNP, said.
"However, the leopardess succumbed to injuries at 2.15 am while undergoing treatment. The post-mortem was conducted by a team of veterinarians in the afternoon, which confirmed that the death was caused due to a strong mechanical impact that led to multiple fractures and muscular damage," he said.
we lost one more in #roadkill. today A female #leopard was found injured in a road accident on the #WesternExpressHighway near KashiMira, #Bhayander at around 12.30 am. #leopard brought to #sgnp but died during treatment. #leopard was found to be pregnant carrying 3 foetuses. pic.twitter.com/aMixh63d4l— Akshay Mandavkar🌿 (@akshay_journo) November 15, 2020
One More Leopard Killed #Roadkills 😢A pregnant leopard crossing the road on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway at Mira Road on Saturday night was knocked down by an unidentified vehicle. She died on Sunday.Video Source @TOIMumbai@deespeak @TandonRaveena @RoadkillsIndia pic.twitter.com/4QQoX1TyI2— Ketan Nardhani (@ketan83) November 15, 2020
The leopardess was found to be pregnant carrying three foetuses, the official said.
(With inputs from PTI)