Mangaluru, February 4
A stray dog that was chased into the washroom of a house by a leopard at Bilinele village of Dakshina Kannada district survived for six hours with its predator which did not harm the dog once the door was locked from outside.
The house owner, Jayalakshmi, locked the asbestos-roofed toilet from outside when she saw the tail of the leopard after hearing the noise on Wednesday morning.
This photo was taken from outside through a gap in the window. It is a leopard and a dog stuck together since this morning inside the toilet of a house in Kadaba, Dakshina Kannada district. I am told the leopard escaped at 2 pm and the dog is alive! pic.twitter.com/hgjJhaXW03— Prajwal (@prajwalmanipal) February 3, 2021
Forest department officials were sounded and they reached the spot at around 7 am. They were amazed to see from the window both the animals lying on two sides of the washroom.
Forest officers who brought in tranquillizer darts to sedate the leopard, failed in their attempt to trap it as it broke through the roof and the nets outside to escape into the nearby forest.
Sharing a video I received from the spot. After the leopard and dog were spotted inside the toilet in the morning, curious passers-by joined forest department officials to figure out how to catch the leopard and release it to the forest. pic.twitter.com/9dLzlxTUOO— Prajwal (@prajwalmanipal) February 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the dog walked out free through the door when it was opened.
Deputy Conservator of Forests V Karikalan said two cages had been set for the animal near the house if it chanced to come to the area again. PTI
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