A team of veterinary experts, which was assigned to diagnose the injured carnivore, said stomach of the leopard had shrunk because of prolonged starvation.
“We have put the male leopard on timely medication for five days in form of injections and antibiotics. Once-a-day meal like buffalo meat and chicken will be fed after 12 hours of sedation. But chances of infection are very high. That’s precisely the reason for its having been put in the restricted area of Chhatbir Zoo,” said the vet officer.
“The leopard is out of danger. Generally in such cases, the animals are sent to the nearest national forest area, but unfortunately, the place from where it came is still unknown. Hence, it is too early to decide on anything,” said chief wildlife warden Santosh Kumar.
Previously leopards have strayed into urban areas, with the recent case of a leopard getting trapped in a house in Sector 10, Panchkula. Though leopards have wandered into human habitation as a result of shrinking of its own habitat, the desperate need for prey like goats and dogs has drawn them to urban areas.