Leopard sparks panic in north Indian city.

20140227-222423.jpgA leopard has sparked panic in a north Indian city after wandering into a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block.

Authorities closed schools in Meerut, 37 miles (60km) north-east of the Indian capital, after the leopard was discovered prowling the city’s streets on Sunday, a senior city official said.

“Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to track the leopard down. We have launched a massive hunt for the beast,” said the additional district magistrate SK Dubey.

The big cat was found inside an empty ward of an army hospital on Sunday before wildlife officers were called and managed to fire a tranquiliser dart into the animal, Dubey told AFP.

“But despite that he managed to break [out through] the iron grills and escaped. He then sneaked into the premises of a cinema hall before entering an apartment block. After that we lost track of the cat,” he said. …

When a kitten squeezes through a hole in the wall it is cute. When a leopard this big does it, they call the Indian army. Awesome animal. I hope it escapes the city so it can hunt wildebeest in peace.

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