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An adult leopard, which strayed into a girls hostel in Hengrabari locality on Monday morning, was rescued after a meticulous four-hour operation conducted by personnel from the Assam State Zoo, Wildlife Division, Territorial Division and state police.
According to sources, the leopard had gotten itself trapped under a cane sofa in the verandah of the hostel's ground floor.
The rescue team took no chances and made arrangements to get to a vantage point before finally tranquilising the animal and safely transporting it away to the state zoo in a cage.
They also kept a net ready at the entrance of the hostel.
"The leopard would be released back into the wild after a check-up," a Forest Department official said.
Meanwhile, Assam Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya took to his official Twitter handle and posted the following tweet, “Another successful operation today as we safely rescued an Indian leopard which took shelter in a hostel in Hengrabari, Guwahati. The success can be attributed to the timely intervention of our Assam State Zoo, Wildlife Division and Territorial Division staff and police team.”
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)