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Leopard scare over in Bengaluru school, 4 injured

Leopard scare over in Bengaluru school, 4 injured

A forest department official said the tranquilised leopard was taken to Bannerghatta Biological Park.

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  • Last Updated: February 8, 2016, 8:08 AM IST
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Bengaluru: Leopard scare in Bengaluru's Vibgyor school is over. The wild cat has been caught and taken to the Bannerghatta rescue centre in the state.

Forest officials and police teams struggled to capture the leopard which entered the school and prowled the campus for hours. Four people were attacked and injured by the leopard.

The feline has been tranquilised after a day long operation, and the six injured persons, including a veterinarian, have been shifted to a nearby hospital, officials said.

It attacked a man trying to escape by climbing a gate. As he tried to ward it off, forest officials fired shots and the animal escaped.

The feline was first spotted by CCTV cameras inside Vibgyor School at around 4:13 AM. School authorities immediately informed forest officials and police who rushed to the spot.

The leopard had escaped from the school premises during the day and was hiding inside nearby bushes.

As authorities were in the midst of operations to capture it, it re-entered the school building by scaling a compound wall, officials said, adding that it has now been tranquilised.

The scene of the attack was captured by television channels which had arrived at the spot to cover the operation. Police had a hard time controlling the crowd that had gathered at the spot.

A forest department official said the tranquilised leopard was taken to Bannerghatta Biological Park.

"It has been tranquilised and taken in a cage to Bannerghatta. After looking into its health condition, we will leave it in the forest," he said.

(With additional information from PTI)


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