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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The leopard which was trapped by forest department officials from Haladi village in Nuapada two days ago, arrived at Nandankanan zoo on Tuesday night. The animal has been kept in isolation ward of the zoo and is being looked after by veterinary experts, official sources said.

The leopard fell into the trap laid by the forest department officials on Monday at Haladi village in Nuapada district from where another man-eater leopard was captured after it had killed a four-year-old on May 26. It was also received by the zoo and has been kept in a small enclosure.

An official said the two leopards captured by the forest officials from the village will not be allowed to be exhibited for the visitors. They will be kept in captivity for some months as they were captured from the wild till they become more familiar to the enclosure.

The capture of the second leopard in Haladi village has caused panic among the villagers who are now spending sleepless nights apprehending that there might be more man-eater leopards in the nearby forest.

The panicked villagers are now moving in groups carrying lathis even during the day time.

The Nuapada Divisional Forest Officer said it was for the second time a leopard has been captured from the village. He ruled out the possibility of the presence of any more leopards in the area.

However, the forest officials have asked the villagers to take all precautions while venturing into the forest.

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