Female leopard threatening Indian village rescued, released

After being tranquilised, the leopard was safely transported from human habitation to the Joypur Reserve Forest. The International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India mobile veterinary service and Assam Forest Department officials rescued a female leopard that had strayed into a house in Chabua village in the Tinsukia district of Assam. The leopard was transported to a location deep within the Joypur Reserve Forest and released back to the wild.

The female leopard was a healthy animal that probably ventured into the village in search of easy prey.

As the leopard had been confined within the house’s grill-encased veranda, IFAW-WTI veterinarian Dr Samshul Ali advised the frontline forest staff to move people away from the area and cover the entrance with a black tarpaulin sheet, so that the leopard would not be further agitated by the presence of curious onlookers.

They tranquilised the leopard and safely transported her away from human habitation to the nearest forest habitat.

“I conducted a physical examination while the leopard was sedated and found no visible external injury,” said Dr Ali. “It showed no ill effects from the sedation but we kept it under observation overnight with the forest department.”

--RG

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