Wildlife expert Sanjay Gubbi attacked by a leopard

Wildlife expert Sanjay Gubbi attacked by a leopard

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-02-07 22:58 Bengaluru: A leopard which strayed into a school in Marathahalli in the wee hours of Sunday injured two people, including well-known wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi, and gave forest officials anxious moments before being tranquilised.Around 4am, security guards at the Vibgyor School in Marathahalli spotted a leopard in the school premises. Immediately they alerted officials of the forest department, who formed two teams to scour the school for the big cat.For several hours, there was no sign of the leopard. Later, officials spotted the cat in the neighbouring area and attempted to trap it there but the cat sped across the field and entered the school once more.Dramatic scenes followed when forest officials shot the leopard with tranquiliser darts. But the cat, in a state of panic, attempted to bite at least three persons.  One of the people attacked was wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi, who had been called to the scene by officials of the forest department. He tried to escape but was bitten by the leopard in the arm even as he tried fending off the animal.The leopard eventually collapsed in the changing room of the swimming pool. After an hour, it was captured and transported back to Bannerghatta national park.