A massive leopard was rescued by the authorities after entering a girls’ hostel and getting trapped under a sofa.
The incident left guests and residents of the hostels terrified.
Luckily, no one was injured in the incident because the leopard got trapped under a sofa.
The incident happened in a girls’ hostel in Hengrabari, Guwahati in the state of Assam, India, on Monday, November 30.
The leopard was first spotted by the owner of the hostel, which has been identified as the Milestone Paying Guest Hostel.
The owner of the hostel initially thought that the animal was just a piece of cloth that got stuck under the sofa, but upon further inspection, they realized that it was a leopard.
The forest officials were later informed about the presence of the animal.
It was seen in a CCTV footage that the animal was entering the hotel.
The hostel had around 15 guests staying in at the time.
Mousumi Bora, the owner of the hostel, released a statement about the leopard getting inside the hostel.
The statement reads:
The animal must have entered the premises in the wee hours as seen in CCTV camera footage. It entered the grilled verandah and got trapped under a sofa. I was the one to see it first. I mistook it for a piece of cloth and nearly grabbed its tail before realising what it is. We locked ourselves in and informed forest officials. There are 15 girls in the hostel at present and they also locked themselves in their rooms immediately.
The massive leopard was tranquilized and the animal was placed in a cage.
Authorities moved the leopard to the Assam State Zoo after being rescued.
Tejas Mariswamy, divisional forest officer, Assam state zoo, released a statement about the incident.
The statement reads:
Since the animal is sedated, it will be kept in the zoo till it wakes up. We will check if it has sustained any injuries. A microchip will be inserted into the animal and it will be released in a forest later.
The good thing about this incident is that no one was injured in the incident and the leopard was rescued in the safest way possible.
The authorities said that a microchip is going to be inserted into the animal and it will be released back into the wild after some time.
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