Leopard that attacked seven people in Tamil Nadu captured by forest officials

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Leopard that attacked seven people in Tamil Nadu captured by forest officials
Tiruppur leopard

A leopard that attacked and injured seven people, including two farmers in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur was captured by forest department officials on Thursday.

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The big cat entered the human settlement four days ago and attacked two farmers, Varadharajan and Maran near their fields. Three others who tried to rescue the farmers also sustained injuries.

According to villagers, 60-year-old Varadarajan went to his farm in the early hours on January 24 when the big cat pounced on him and mauled his shoulder. All are being treated in a nearby hospital.

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In the process of trying to tranquilise it or put it in a cage, a forest department official also sustained injuries. Officials placed 10 surveillance cameras to monitor the leopard’s movement and requested people not to venture alone in the dark.

The #leopard which strayed into Tiruppur town has just been darted & sedated. Action is being taken for measuring the necessary body and health parameters and samples for DNA.

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We are deciding the place of release of the leopard shortly after all necessary medical examinations. pic.twitter.com/GnYx0iNkRU

— Office of the Chief Wildlife Warden Tamil Nadu (@CWLWTN) January 27, 2022

The animal was tracked near Ammapalayam where the leopard attacked forest officials who were trying to capture it.

“The leopard which strayed into Tiruppur town has just been darted and sedated. Action is being taken for measuring the necessary body and health parameters and samples for DNA. We are deciding the place of release of the leopard shortly after all necessary medical examinations,” tweeted the Office of Chief Wildlife Warden.

The forest officials are planning to release the leopard in the Aanamalai forest.

The department had deployed nearly 50 personnel, including anti-poaching squads, and placed three cages across the sprawling farm. A medical team was tasked with moving around the area with darts to tranquilise the animal.

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