Leopard strays into Sector 5 house in Chandigarh, rescued in five hours

Dushyant Singh Pundir

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 30

With the pace of life slowing down in the city, wild animals are emerging out of hiding to reclaim the city as their habitation. With restrictions imposed on the movement of vehicles and human beings following the clampdown of curfew, wild animals are exploring the city which was earlier out of bounds for them.

Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT

It came from Sukhna sanctuary: Official

The animal must have come from the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as there is no human activity around. After crossing the Kaimbwala area, the animal might have strayed into Sector 5 from the lake forest.Rs 

A team of the UT Forest Department rescued a leopard from a house in Sector 5 here today. The animal strayed into the house around 8 am today.

Biru Sibia, a resident of Sector 5, said the leopard first entered his house at 7.37 am and then jumped into the neighbour’s house and sat under a tree. At that time, the family of the house owner was not there. On seeing the animal, servants present in the house informed the authorities, he said, adding that the movement of the animal was caught on CCTV cameras installed at the house.