- The leopard that attack a school in Bangalore in India has escaped from his cage
- Indian police say there is no cause for alarm as there are rescue operations to find the Leopard
- Indian is known to have a lot of leopards
The male leopard that was reported to have attacked six people in Indian’s Bangalore school is reported to have escaped from its cage.
The eight- year old leopard who was tranquilized after he was captured was taken to Bannerghatta National Park for medical treatment but broke out of its cage on Sunday. Officials said the leopard escaped when attendants opened the cage to feed it, possibly when the cage door was not properly shut.
Mr Ralph said that an inquiry has been ordered on how the leopard escaped and details would be made available in the next two or three days. Officials say that they is no cause for alarm as forest officials have started visiting villages located along the periphery of the park to advise people not to panic.
"It is a myth that a leopard can turn into a man-eater. It's a very remote exception to the rule. On this count, there is no need for worry," Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife warden in the south Indian state of Karnataka, told the BBC.
The leopard strayed into a closed school in Bangalore on 7 February, injuring several people before being tranquilized. The escape came one week after the leopard broke into the school in the Kundalahalli area.
A scientist and a forestry employee were among those who helped tranquilize the animal as it was cornered close to a swimming pool. It took forest and police officials 12 hours to capture the animal.
A recent wildlife census estimates that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000.
Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.