A leopard that sneaked into a suburban Bengaluru school on February 8 and mauled six people escaped from an enclosure in Bannerghatta National Park where it was being treated, officials said on Monday.
The leopard escaped on the night of February 14 when attendants opened the cage to provide food to the big cat. Park director Santosh Kumar said it was suspected the cage door was not properly shut.
“There is no need to panic as the cat is still inside the park, its natural habitat. But we would have liked to have kept it for a few more days as the leopard was undergoing medical treatment,” he told HT.
Authorities constituted six search teams comprising 52 officials.
The leopard which was tranquilised and captured strayed into the city’s eastern suburb on 8 February through bushes, boulders, hills and thick plantations across the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border in search of prey and water.
As it was a holiday, students and teachers were lucky to have escaped from being attacked by the wild animal. The leopard was put in an iron cage and shifted to the Bannarghatta national zoo park.
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Rumours of several leopard spotting over the week led to 134 schools across the city shutting down, triggering a debate on increasing man-animal conflict due to greater human encroachment on natural habitats.