Monday, July 4, 2011

Leopard rescued from Narmada canal.

PTI | 02:07 PM,Jul 02,2011 Vadodara, Jul 2 (PTI) A leopard was rescued from a Narmada canal in Junagadh district after a three-hour long operation, Forest Department officials said today.The animal, aged between 4 and 5 years, was saved last night from near Chelalka village, about 400 km from here, N M Jadeja, Range Forest Officer (Visavadar Range), told PTI.The villagers had alerted the Forest Department on Friday afternoon about the presence of the leopard in the canal. The department personnel soon reached the spot.Jadeja said the leopard was found taking rest in a 2.5 feet radius pipe which was fitted underground from where water is released.They decided to close one side of the pipe and kept the cage on the other side of it. The leopard jumped into the cage at around 10 pm, he said.The big cat would be kept at the Wild Animal Care Centre at Sasan before releasing it in the forest, Jadeja added.The leopard had travelled to the village from Sasan forest, which is part of the Gir wildlife sanctuary, an official said.

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