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Leopard goes to school in Mysore, shifted to zoo

Deccan Herald, Mysore, 3rd April, 2013

Mysore, Forest officer on Monday midnight rescued a male leopard from the Kendriya Vidyalaya compound at Nazarbad in the City.  P C Raju, principal of the Vidyalaya, told Deccan Herald that a security guard spotted the leopard near the garden behind the main building on Monday around 9:30 pm.

Then the principal alerted the police control room. The police then informed forest veterinarian Dr Nagaraj who led a team of officers to the spot.  Initially, it was decided not to take the risk of tranquilsing  the big cat in the dark.

The officials, however, tranquilised the cat keeping in mind the safety of students, as the school was set to open at 8am on Tuesday.

After an hour-long operation, the leopard was sedated and shifted to Sri chamarajendra Zoological Gardens.  The veterinarian said that the animal is aged over a year and a half.

B P Ravi, executive director of the zoo, said that the leopard, through groggy, was healthy. He said a chip would be inserted into the leopard, before it is released into the forest. Its ear too would be punched to help track and identify it later in the wild.  Mysore is becoming used to frequent visit by leopards over the last few months.

The first big scare came on March 9, 2011 when a leopard was spotted on the Infosys campus. The same year, leopards were also spotted around the Chamundi Hills, Ilavala, Arabitittu and Hebbal Industrial area. The big cats were spotted in the city on November 1, 2011 and November 10, 2011 in Vijayanagar 3rd and 4th stages, respectively.