A huge leopard left guests terrified when it entered a girls' hostel – but fortunately for those inside the animal became trapped under a sofa before anyone got hurt.
The horrifying incident took place in Hengrabari, Guwahati in the state of Assam, India, on Monday, November 30.
The leopard was first spotted by the owner of the Milestone Paying Guest Hostel who initially mistook the animal before a piece of cloth before informing forest officials of its presence.
It was seen in CCTV footage entering the hotel, which had 15 guests staying in it at the time, in the early hours of the morning.
“The animal must have entered the premises in the wee hours as seen in CCTV camera footage. It entered the grilled verandah and got trapped under a sofa,” hostel owner Mousumi Bora said.
“I was the one to see it first. I mistook it for a piece of cloth and nearly grabbed its tail before realising what it is," she added. "We locked ourselves in and informed forest officials.
"There are 15 girls in the hostel at present and they also locked themselves in their rooms immediately."
Forest officials finally managed to tranquillise the animal and put it in a cage to be moved to the Assam state zoo at about 11am.
“Since the animal is sedated, it will be kept in the zoo till it wakes up. We will check if it has sustained any injuries. A microchip will be inserted into the animal and it will be released in a forest later,” said Tejas Mariswamy, divisional forest officer, Assam state zoo.
"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 & Territorial Division staff & police team," expressed Parimal Suklabaidya, Assam Minister of Excise, Forest and Environment.
Guwahati is surrounded by forest and hills and so leopards are frequently seen in the city and sometimes enter people's homes.
In August this year, a six-year-old boy was killed by a leopard in the city and in June local residents killed and paraded a leopard.
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