Maharashtra: Leopard spotted at Thane mall tranquilised, rescued

A leopard was seen briefly at a popular mall and a hotel in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Wednesday morning, PTI reported. The leopard’s movement was caught on the CCTV camera installed towards the exit gate of the parking area.

The guards alerted the forest department and Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) officials. A veterinary doctor reached the spot. However, the leopard could not be traced even after a thorough search in the morning, as per reports.

The officials concluded that the leopard might have escaped from the premises, but it was later spotted in the basement of a nearby hotel, Kadam said.

Closed-circuit television cameras at the mall showed the leopard hiding behind a staircase before running into a dark corridor.

Finally, the forest officials succeeded in tranquilising the leopard around 12 pm. An unidentified official said the animal would be released at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park after an examination.

Forest officials told the Hindustan Times that the leopard was last seen moving towards the nearby Vasant Vihar residential society. The mall remained closed on Wednesday. Residents in the area have been told not to venture out, an official said.