A fully grown male leopard that had strayed into Chhatarpur farms in south Delhi and was rescued in a badly injured condition on Tuesday morning, was showing signs of recovery at the Delhi zoo hospital.
The wild leopard was spotted leaping onto a high wall of a farmhouse.
Zoo sources said the animal, which had probably strayed in from the Aravalis, was being treated with analgesics and antibiotics and was under round-the-clock observation. It had deep wounds on its fore and hind limbs after it got impaled on the spikes of a metal grill on top of a 15-foot-high wall while attempting to scale it. “We gave the animal two kg each of beef and chicken last night. Given its condition, we did not think it eat it. But by morning it had consumed almost 3.5 kg of the food. That’s a good sign,” said a zoo source.
The animal was rescued in a seven-hour operation by Wildlife SOS and Friendicoes SECA, with help from the police and the fire department.
According to NGO Wildlife SOS, the wild leopard was spotted leaping onto a high wall of a farmhouse in Chattarpur DLF farms by a local guard late on Monday night. It got caught on the metal spikes atop the wall and further injured itself trying to free itself.
The animal was rescued in a seven-hour operation by Wildlife SOS and Friendicoes SECA, with help from the police and the fire department. Wildlife SOS said it got a call from the cops at 1.30am on Tuesday about the trapped leopard.
A joint rescue team (with Friendicoes SECA) reached the spot and worked in pouring rain to tranquilize the animal and bring it down from the wall. A leopard transport cage was brought from the NGO’s rescue centre in Gurgaon to take the animal to the safety of the zoo’s veterinary hospital.
“The leopard was very severely injured as the metal spikes completely impaled the front and rear leg. The animal is in a grave condition and requires extensive treatment. We have given it tetanus vaccination and painkillers,” said Dr Prabhakaran of Friendicoes, who was part of the rescue team.
Zoo officials said the animal came to its hospital in a dull and emaciated state. “The zoo vets have taken its blood and urine samples for tests. They will assess the reports on Thursday to get a better idea of the feline’s internal condition,” a source said. He said it was too early to say if the leopard would be returned to the wild once it recovers. “Right now, we are trying to save its life. Decisions about the animals future will be taken later by the zoo director,” the source said.
It would take more than a month for the leopard to fully recover, he added.