Watch: Wild leopard attacks school in India, six people hurt
Six people were hurt, including a television crew and forestry employees, after a wild leopard attacked a school in Bangalore, India on Sunday, February 7.
The beast is believed to have come from a patch of forest near the Vibgyor International school in Kundalahalli area. India is home to an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 leopards living in the wilderness
Footage uploaded online shows the 8-year-old male leopard strolling inside the school premises while men struggled to contain the animal with a net. The clip shows the leopard attacking a man; later identified as conservation scientist, Sanjay Gubbi, near the pool before running to the other side.
Also injured were forest department employee Benny Maurius and an unidentified TV cameraman who was capturing the dramatic footage.
Local media said it took almost 10 hours before trained forestry workers managed to subdue the beast with a tranquilizer.
“It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquillisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect,” a senior police official told reporters.
Ravi Ralf, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), said the big cat may have strayed from an open forest nearby. It didn’t enter the school premises until after morning of Sunday when wildlife staff tried to approach it in an open field.
The captors tried to lock the school but there was an open window guarded by a flimsy net through which the beast leapt before going on a rampage; attacking the people it came across with.
After it was hit with a tranquilizer, the drugged animal walked to a changing room where it eventually collapsed.
The leopard is currently being treated and observed at the rescue centre of the Bannerghatta Biological Park, while the injured men were being treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries.
Watch the dramatic footage of the attack below (Credit: BBC News):