Monday, 1 September 2014

NEWSLINK: Big cat on Icrisat campus finally caught

TNN | Aug 25, 2014, 03.11AM IST

HYDERABAD: After five months of playing hide and seek, the leopard that had made the sprawling International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) campus its home, was finally captured early on Sunday. 

The five-year-old big cat was at large ever since it was spotted on the campus five months ago. Several attempts were made by forest officials to trap it, including with live bait and even a perfume containing pheromones. When these did not work, they tried to lure it with a female panther brought from the zoo. But the animal, which the officials termed as 'smart', remained elusive. But on Sunday morning its luck ran out after it got caught in a snare kept near a live bait. The zoo staff who reached the spot after being informed by Icrisat officials tranquilized and relieved the leopard from the trap. Its health was assessed and when veterinarians gave the go ahead, it was transported to Mannanur in the Srisailam Tiger Reserve area, about 200 km from Patancheru, where it was let loose. 

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