Leopard Changes Spots: From Vibgyor to Bannerghatta to Freedom

Leopard Changes Spots: From Vibgyor to Bannerghatta to Freedom

Submitted by Editor on Mon, 2016-02-15 10:28 Bengaluru: The leopard which was captured at the Vibgyor School last week escaped from the Bannerghatta Rescue centre. Its houdini act was noticed by the zoo careteakers on Saturday evening.It is said to have moved into the adjoining Bannerghatta National Park (BNP) which is spread over 400 sq kms. Forest patrol teams have been sent out to locate and recapture the male leopard that had mauled and injured wildlife biologist Sanjay Gubbi.  Gubbi is recouping at a local hospital.As the leopard was noticed to be very aggressive during its stay at the rescue centre, every effort has been made to ensure its capture. Forest officers are worried that the injured animal could possibly move into an hamlet on the precincts of the BNP. The leopard has sent the forest department into a tizzy. If there were rumours that another feline had been 'sighted' in the vicinity of the school in Marathahalli, which is a thriving Information technology hub, a leopard is on the prowl now somewhere close to Bengaluru.Only yesterday the cages that were set up with live baits near the Vibgyor school to ensnare the leopard had been removed by the forest department.If the urban deputy conservator of forests, Dipika Bajpai's team had been in action last week, the responsibility of keeping the leopard in captivity had been thrust on the director of the Bannerghatta zoological park. Now, that the leopard has slunk into the national park, the onus is DCF Dr Sunil Panwar.It is good tidings that Dr Panwar has already been educating schools on the periphery of the BNP on the dos and donts when a wild animal strolls into a school in search of domestic prey - dogs, sheep, chicken.For now, there is leopard caution in and around Bannerghatta national park.