THANE: A Thane household ran out of their home and bolted it from exterior after they discovered a leopard within the kitchen early on Tuesday, folks aware of the matter mentioned. The leopard was ultimately rescued by officers from the forest division and Sanjay Gandhi Nationwide Park (SGNP) eight hours later.
Forest officers mentioned the leopard entered a home in Umbarkhand village in Khardi space when the Lahu Nimse’s household was nonetheless asleep.
“The leopard entered the kitchen when the household was nonetheless asleep,” mentioned Laxman Chikhale, vary forest officer. Somebody wakened on listening to the noise and noticed the leopard within the kitchen. “They rushed out of the home, locked the home and alerted their neighbours,” he added. The Khardi forest staff was knowledgeable concerning the intrusion.
Chikhale mentioned forest division officers additionally requisitioned a staff of SGNP which reached the spot. “Our groups managed to rescue the animal in about two hours,” he mentioned. The leopard was tranquilised and shifted out.
Officers mentioned the leopard, a feminine, was about two or three years previous and will have come from Sanjay Gandhi Nationwide Park which is surrounded by Thane on one facet and Mumbai suburbs on the opposite three.
A examine by researchers on the Wildlife Conservation Society (India), in collaboration with the Wildlife Institute of India (Dehradun) and the Maharashtra forest division, launched this yr mentioned the nationwide park within the Mumbai Metropolitan Area has the best documented density of leopards on the earth, at about 26 leopards in each 100sqkm. The examine was based mostly on knowledge collected in 2015 and 2016