I wonder if anybody had read about a stray leopard which entered a house in Daltonganj, our nearest town. It sent quite a shivers down many a spine here, as our hospital is very much in a heavily forested area. I never thought that the news was in the internet till I saw the reports in TOI. Of course, it was big news in the local press.
There had been quite a lot of deforestation and the very bad drought over the last few years had dwindled the wild animal population.
However, the recent intrusion of this wild cat is an indication that the wild animals may have returned to the Palamu Tiger Reserve. Newspapers later reported that the foresters estimated that there were over a 100 leopards in the reserve area. There was much joy about a year back, when the forest officials reported rare sightings of the animal in trap cameras set in the reserve.
Good news for wild-life, but frightening for many of us here. The leopard has been released back into the reserve.
Now, we would need to be careful about venturing out in the dusk . . . especially going for calls etc. in the night.
I would definitely like to see one. But, not inside the campus . . . roaming around.