Hyderabad: A male leopard was trapped in Nalgonda District on Tuesday. This is the first incident that a big cat has been rescued in Nalgonda. It has been shifted to the Nehru Zoological Park.
The incident occurred in an agricultural land in Marriguda village of Nalgonda district at around 7:30 am. The leopard was trapped in a fence to keep away wild boars. On sporting the big cat, the villagers informed the regional forest office. Meanwhile, it created a flutter in the nearby fields.
Speaking to NewsMeter, Sudarshan Reddy – Divisional Forest Officer, Nalgonda says, “We received a call from the village Sarpanch stating that there was a big cat in the area. A team of officials immediately rushed to the spot and confirmed it as a leopard. We also informed the police to rush to the spot as there were many people gathered there. Concurrently, a team from the law and order was pressed in to keep the people calm. Our team, including Dr. Hakim, rescued the animal after tranquillizing it. We kept it in a cage and shifted it to Nehru Zoological Park. This is the first incident where a leopard has been seen in this region. There have been incidents of wild animals in nearby districts.”
According to forest officials, in the past, there have been no instances of leopards in this region. Earlier, two cows were killed but no wild animals were found in the investigation. However, villagers alleged that the forest officials did not take any action in the past despite being informed about the leopards in the area. The rescued leopard might be released back into the forest after treatment.