Leopard attacks Telangana forest officials

Hyderabad, May 28 (IANS) Two forest personnel were injured in Telangana's Nalgonda district on Thursday when a leopard attacked them while they were helping to free it from barbed wires it was entangled in.

The team of personnel from the forest department reached near Rajipeta hamlet in Marriguda mandal after receiving information that the leopard was stuck in the barbed fencing around an agriculture field.

Just as they freed it, the big cat chased the forest personnel and attacked them. The video of the incident shows the leopard pouncing on the forest personnel, making them run for cover. Two of them sustained minor injuries.

Others wielding sticks took cover behind their four-wheeler and acted bravely to finally trap the animal in a cage.

The forest team had apparently administered tranquillizing darts when the leopard was trapped in the barbed wires but before they could disentangle the big cat, it gained consciouness.

The leopard had strayed into the village from nearby forest. This is the latest in a series of incident of big cats straying into human habitations.

On May 14, a leopard had strayed into Katedan area on the outskirts of Hyderabad and was seen resting in the middle of a road, sending panic among people.

While escaping from the area, it attacked a truck driver causing him minor injury. The animal later disappeared into a nearby farmhouse. Though the forest and police teams tried to trap the leopard with bait, it gave them the slip. After two days, the forest officials called off the search. They said it was headed towards Chilkur forest.



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