Search underway for leopard on the loose in Indian car factory

Search underway for leopard on the loose in Indian car factory

A leopard has been spotted in a car factory (Stock image)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A leopard sparked a frenzied search by wildlife officials and the police after getting into an Indian car factory, officials have said.

Security guards first spotted the big cat this morning (October 5) and the Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar was put on lockdown. Officials have yet to reveal whether they have caught the animal.

Staff were evacuated from the area and a large cordon was put in place, according to Yahoo News. Almost 100 wildlife officials and police officers were deployed to the scene, searching the building armed with tranquilliser guns.

The factory is the largest car manufacturer in India and produces almost a million vehicles a year.

As the urban areas in India grow larger and forests get smaller, the issue of conflict between animals and humans becomes ever more serious.

Earlier this year the environment secretary in India announced that between April 2014 and May 2017 1,144 people were killed by wild animals. This averages out to more than one person per day.

It is thought that there are between 12,000 and 14,000 leopards in the country, but when they are spotted in villages they are often killed.