Sunday, April 15, 2007

India: Leopard caught in trap, rescued by Forest Dept


BICHOLIM, APRIL 13 — When locals from Pali-Bicholim laid a trap to catch rabbits, they were taken aback to find an unintended prey — a leopard.

According to reports, a five-year-old leopard was rescued by the Forest Department at Talewada Pali on Thursday, after the animal was caught in a trap in the nearby jungles.

When locals went towards the trap in the hope of catching a rabbit, they were startled to find a leopard instead.

The locals then alerted the animal activist, Amrut Singh from Bicholim, who in turn contacted the Bondla wild life and the forest department.

The leopard offered some resistance, prompting wildlife officials to tranquilise the wild cat, before removing it out of the trap, after a four-hour operation supervised by RFO Paresh Parab and the Bicholim police. The leopard was later moved to Panjim.

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