A leopard has taken India by storm as it has already injured seven people and is still at large today. The leopard is roaming throughout India’s Meerut city and it is doing a good job at avoiding being captured. The big cat even smashed through a window when it is cornered by animal control experts trying to catch the cat, according to CNN News on Feb. 25.
The leopard was first found in a local timber shop and then it made its way to a local hospital where it broke a window to escape when animal control officers had it cornered. It roamed through a local movie cinema and then onto a block of apartments in the inner city.
One of the problems of capturing the leopard is that people are coming out of the woodwork to get a glimpse of this beautiful creature walking through the city. The crowds around the cat each time the animal control experts have it cornered is hampering the attempts to catch the leopard.
The cat gets agitated and takes the easiest route of escape. This is most likely how folks are getting injured. The animal gets surrounded by people and someone gets hurt as the leopard claws its way to freedom when it feels cornered. The animal experts are planning to shoot the leopard with a tranquilizing drug, but as of Monday the cat was still not captured and sightings of this creature waned. It may have gone back into the wild, authorities suggested.
Photographers are getting some great pictures of the animal roaming throughout the city and jumping over obstacles such as fences. While getting to see this creature up-close has been and exciting experience for some, it is a very dangerous experience.
While it is odd to see a leopard roaming the city streets of India, big cats, such as leopards and tigers are seen more often in the rural areas of the country. One man-eating female tiger has taken the lives of eight out of nine people who have died from a tiger mauling since the end of December in India. Last week a leopard mauled a five-year-old boy to death in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.
The problem is much like what the U.S. sees when bears roam the backyards of neighborhoods, humans are encroaching more and more on the wildlife’s natural habitat. It is all about finding food for the big cats of India, much like bears in U.S. seen going after backyard bird-feeders or garbage cans. There natural feeding grounds are getting smaller and smaller, so they are looking for food elsewhere.