Rare Himalayan deer spotted in Nainital
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Rare Himalayan deer spotted in Nainital

As the deer stood idle, people didn’t miss a chance to capture it with camera.

dehradun Updated: Jan 15, 2018 21:07 IST
Kamal Jagati 
Kamal Jagati 
Hindustan Times, Nainital
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Capricornis Thar on a slope in Nainital on Monday morning. (HT PHOTO)

The morning walkers in Naintal were awestruck to see a Himalayan serow — scientific name Capricornis Thar — wandering on the town streets on Monday.

The news spread like a wildfire in the sleepy town. A large number of people gathered to see the animal. It was no less than a drama then, as the deer stood idle on a slope in the Sher Ka Danda area in the cold morning, many people clicked its photographs. Some youngsters even tried to take remote selfie with the animal. When some dogs tried to chase the animal, the deer scared them away with its horns.

Mahindra Pal, a senior advocate who saw the animal being chased by the street dogs, informed the forest department. After an hour of drama, the forest department employees arrived and shooed away the animal to the woods.

“We tried to rescue the deer, but it was too aggressive,” said Hira Singh Shahi, a forester. “The deer was perhaps eight years old. The animal falls under the Schedule 1 of the extinct species list,” he said.

Dharam Singh Meena, district forest officer, said Himalayan serows are found in the outer forests around Nainital. “The instances of such animals venturing into the town area happen because they are attracted to leftover food and garbage in the city,” he said.

It is not an isolated incident of an animal straying into the town. In the past, a black Himalayan bear strayed into the town in July 2016, swam across the Naini lake and then headed towards forest. In the same month, a young leopard entered a hotel room, where a couple was resting. In August last year, a barking deer entered a classroom in a school.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 21:07 IST