Family fled in terror after leopard wandered into their home while they were eating dinner

The big cat followed the family's dog into the house but thankfully the family were able to escape safely and locked the animal inside. Picture: SWNS
The big cat followed the family's dog into the house but thankfully the family were able to escape safely and locked the animal inside. Picture: SWNS
Share this article
0
Have your say

A family fled in terror after a massive leopard wandered into their home while they were eating dinner.

The big cat followed the family's dog into the house but thankfully the family were able to escape safely and locked the animal inside.

They called the forest department, which alerted the animal charity Wildlife SOS. Picture: SWNS

They called the forest department, which alerted the animal charity Wildlife SOS. Picture: SWNS

They called the forest department, which alerted the animal charity Wildlife SOS.

A team of three rescuers and a group of forest officers arrived in Pimpalgaon Rotha in Maharashtra, India, and found 700 people crowded around the house.

They opened a bedroom window and discovered the four-year-old male big cat was sitting on top of a cupboard.

It was shot with a tranquilliser and taken for a check up, before it was released into the wild.

Dr Ajay Deshmukh, a senior vet involved in the rescue, said: "With a huge crowd of nearly 700 people gathered around, the rescue was extremely challenging as their presence triggered fear and distress in the leopard.

"When carrying out such sensitive rescue operations, it is imperative that all necessary protocols are followed to minimise the chances of any untoward incidents.

"Such cases are quite common in this region hence we conduct many awareness programmes to educate people about dealing with various conflict situations."

The rescue operation on Sunday took three hours.

Videos show the big cat launching itself at the windows, sat on top of a cupboard and being captured.

READ MORE - These 9 abandoned Scottish castles are at risk of disappearing

READ MORE - Painstaking clean-up of Scottish Viking hoard unlocks new secrets