Leopard Wanders Into School, Mauls 6

Tranquilizers didn't prevent 'attacking spree'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 5:22 AM CST
Leopard Wanders Into School, Mauls 6
The leopard roams the halls.   (YouTube)

There were no students or teachers around when a leopard wandered into a school in Bangalore, India, early on Sunday morning, but the incident was still a bloody one. According to the Hindu, security workers at Vibgyor High School suspected around 4am that there was a leopard inside the school and CCTV "confirmed their fear." They called in forestry department workers, and "two teams were formed to scour the school," the paper reports. A 10-hour drama followed, with the leopard fleeing to nearby woods before returning to the school, where it made its way from room to room as workers tried to trap it.

The Hindu reports that after the big cat was shot by a tranquilizer, it appeared to panic and went on an "attacking spree" before the drugs kicked in. Six people were mauled, including a wildlife conservationist who tried to scale a wall to escape the leopard when it attacked him by the school's swimming pool but was dragged back down. The leopard was captured after the tranquilizers took effect, and it will be released into a national park, reports the BBC, which notes that habitat loss has caused a rise in leopard-human clashes. (In another Indian city, a leopard terrorized a hospital for 12 hours.)

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