A leopard was found on a road in Mailardevpally area near Hyderabad on Thursday (May 14) and efforts were on to safely rescue the wild animal, Forest officials said.
The leopard, which appeared to be injured was seen lying beside the median of a Road Under Bridge (RUB), they said.
“After receiving information, police and forest officials rushed to the spot along with the rescue team of city-based Nehru Zoological Park and efforts were underway to capture it safely,” they said.
“Senior officials of Forest Department were monitoring the situation,” a forest official said.
Prakash Reddy, DCP Shamshabad, while speaking to ANI said, “The leopard was seen by the locals at around 8:15 AM on the NH-7. When the officials reached the spot, the wild cat ran into the nearby open place of the highway. The rescue operation by the police and forest officials is on.”
Telangana: A leopard was spotted sitting at Kattedan underbridge near Mailardevpally Police Station in Rangareddy district today morning. It later escaped into a nearby open space before it could be caught. A rescue operation by Police and forest officials is underway. pic.twitter.com/MJVQ9qC3Lt
— ANI (@ANI) May 14, 2020
Notably, the rescue team, which includes the Nehru Zoological park officials, will be using drone cameras to spot the leopard.
Earlier, a sighting of the leopard created panic among locals and some motorists who were passing by the area.
(With inputs from agencies.)