A black panther was killed by a train on a railway bridge near Kundapura in the Udupi district of Karnataka at 2 am on Tuesday (February 2).
According to reports, it was hit by Mangala Express when it had gone towards a railway bridge in Badakere village in Byndoor taluk in Udupi district. The railway line connects Mumbai with Mangaluru.
Forest officials said the panther probably had little time to react or space to move when it was hit by the train. Forest officials were alerted after passers-by discovered the panther’s body.
The panther was said to be four or five years old. And a postmortem was conducted on the panther and it was ascertained that it was hit on the head.
Black panthers are rarely sighted. Forest officials say only about a handful have been spotted in Kundapura but this is the first time one has been killed in a train accident.