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Leopard strays into Bengaluru school campus, 2 injured

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Published Feb 8, 2016, 6:20 am IST
Updated Feb 9, 2016, 4:40 pm IST
A leopard attacks a well-known wildlife activist and conservationist, Sanjay Gubbi, during an operation to tranquilise the wild animal that strayed into the Vibgyor High School campus at Thubarahalli off Varthur Main Road in Bengaluru on Sunday (Photo: R. Samuel)
 A leopard attacks a well-known wildlife activist and conservationist, Sanjay Gubbi, during an operation to tranquilise the wild animal that strayed into the Vibgyor High School campus at Thubarahalli off Varthur Main Road in Bengaluru on Sunday (Photo: R. Samuel)

Bengaluru: It was not the usual, peaceful Sunday for the residents of Varthur around Vibgyor School. An unusual visitor, a stray leopard, on the school premises led to tension and violent drama throughout the day. The scared leopard, which was looking to escape, attacked and injured two people, before being transquilised.

Well-known wildlife activist Sanjay Gubbi and Benna, the driver of Chief Conservator of Forest, Bengaluru, were attacked and injured by the big cat. They were immediately admitted to Apollo Hospital, where their condition is said to be stable.

The leopard was first spotted by school security guards Samuel and Babu around 5.30 am near the school toilet rooms. They immediately alerted the police, who in turn informed forest department officials.

Read: Leopard takes Bengaluru school on toll, 12-hour operation to trap big cat

The police arrived at the spot around 8 am, and soon forest department officials too reached the spot. In fact, the leopard had been captured by school CCTV cameras at 4 am and again at 4.13 am, skulking through the school corridors.

The leopard jumped on the school walls, trying to look for an escape route. An eyewitness said, “The leopard became furious after it was darted. It was evident that the big cat was trying to get out of the school.” 

Where did it come from?

It's very difficult to say where the leopard has come from, as it is an open area. I suspect that it could be from the areas around Whitefield, where there are bushy plains and hillocks. The area has been the habitat of leopards and other wild animals. Mr Ravi Ralph, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife).

Who is Sanjay Gubbi?

Mr Sanjay Gubbi has been working for conservation of wildlife, especially tigers, in the Western Ghats of Karnataka for a long time. Apart from the several popular articles in English and Kannada, he has authored Vanyajeevigala Jaadu Hididu (On the Trail of Wildlife), a book in Kannada, and co-edited another one, Vanyajeevigala ramyaloka (The Delightful World of Wildlife).

Under the ‘spot’light

4 am & 4.13 am: Leopard caught on CCTV cameras of the school

5.30 am: School security guards Samuel and Babu spot the leopard and alert the school authorities

8 am: Police and forest officials reach the spot

9 am: Forest officials arrive

9-3 pm: No sign of the leopard on the school premises

4 pm: The leopard jumps onto the school premises again

5.30-6 pm: Leopard attacks wildlife activist Sanjay Gubbi and a forest official’s driver, Benna

6.30 pm:  Leopard is tranquilised

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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