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Leopard enters Bangalore school, 6 injured

AsiaOne | Monday, Feb 8, 2016

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A male leopard entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore on Sunday morning (Feb 7) and injured at least 6 people, according to online media reports.

CCTV footage showed the leopard making its way through the school at around 4am in the morning, The New Indian Express reported.

Several men could be seen trying to capture the leopard near a swimming pool but it was a struggle as the animal would attack anyone that went near it.

The Hindu reported that the drama lasted almost 10 hours before the leopard was tranquilised.

Wildlife official Ravi Ralph told the BBC that the leopard possibly strayed into the school from a patch of forest not far from the school.

No students were around as it was a Sunday.

"We tried to lock it in a room, but the windows close to the roof were covered by a flimsy mesh. It managed to push its way outside and leap to another room," Mr Ralph told The Hindu.

The 8-year-old leopard has since been moved to a national park and the six injured people have been treated for minor injuries, BBC reported.

Officials have said that it is common for leopards in India to lose their way and stray into populated areas.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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