Leopard stuck under IAF runway for 11 days rescue efforts on

Leopard stuck under IAF runway for 11 days rescue efforts on

By: || Updated: 22 Mar 2012 05:58 AM


Chandigarh: A leopard
has been stuck in a 75-feet long cable-carrying pipe underneath the IAF
runway here for the past 11 days.

Forest officials said frantic
efforts were on in a bid to free the big cat stuck in the underground pipe
at the Indian Air Force station's subsidiary runway here.

Officials
from the nearby Chhatbir Zoological Park today laboured hard for new
methods to rescue the animal after earlier efforts failed.

Chandigarh's
Chief Wildlife Warden Santosh Kumar said today they were hopeful the
leopard will be taken out alive soon.

Over the past few days, the
officials have devised several techniques, including keeping a chicken and
a goat near the pipe as bait, flushing water down the pipe and bursting
crackers but the leopard has refused to come out.

Experts from
the Wildlife Institute of India also visited the site yesterday.

About
a fortnight back, IAF personnel had seen the animal at the station and the
Wildlife Department was informed about it. The leopard was then spotted
inside the pipe under the IAF runway.

"He can survive without any
food for about 15 days. Though he has taken water, but the leopard has
refused to take any food. We have confined him to a 25-foot area now and
are hoping he will come out soon. We are trying different methods and
keeping our fingers crossed," Kumar said.

He said it was not
known how the leopard landed in the IAF area.

"But it looks like
that he has been inside the pipe on earlier occasions too," the official
said, adding a team of veterinary doctors was also present at the site.





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