Into the City: Leopard enters residential house in Kathmandu, nabbed

KATHMANDU: A leopard strayed into the city and entered a residential house in New Baneshwor of Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon, giving a panic to local residents for around two hours.

The wild cat, however, did  not cause any harm to humans. As soon as it was sighted, the wild cat entered the toilet of ground floor of a house at Shankhamul Road, where it was holed up till a joint team of Nepal Police personnel and and zoo officials reached there to take it under control.

Officials used tranquliser darts to sedate the feline before sending it to the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park on the northern outskirts of Kathmandu where it would be released in natural habitat.

SI Yagya Prasad Ojha of the Metropolitan Police Circle, New Baneshwor, who was deployed to the site, said the leopard was tranquilised at around 3:45 pm today and handed over to the officials of the Department of Forests and the Central Zoo.

"Around two hours ago, the leopard entered the ground-floor toilet of the house of Hemraj Bhandari at the Shankhamul Road in New Baneshwor," Ojha told THT Online over phone, "We were informed of the case by locals after a while."

"It, however, took more than 20 minutes for us to control the leopard," he added.