A young male leopard that had made the International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics ( ICRISAT) its home, or rather a home base in February this years from where it was foraying into other areas, was finally captured around 1.15 a.m. on Wednesday.

The leopard, first spotted in ICRISAT in the first week of February and kept the Institute’s staff and Forest Department officials on their toes for over four months, also gave some sleepless nights to officials at the crack commando force, the Greyhounds police force, at their complex near Narsingi for a few weeks.

After having spent a few weeks in the Greyhounds comlex, the leopard which returned to ICRISAT, was tranquilized by Nehru Zoological Park veterinary staff past midnight on Tuesday and has since been shifted to the zoo to be kept under observation for a few hours. It will, later in the day, be taken to the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Nagarkurnool district and released deep in the forest after sundown. 

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