Gudalur: A family in Malappuram district was in for a surprise when they found a leopard sleeping on their bed as they returned home from a wedding! The beast was spotted around 11am on Tuesday in one Rayin’s house which was unoccupied for the past two days. Forest officials caged the leopard by night.
Rayin’s son Naushad had found it sleeping on the cot as the family returned. The scared animal hid under the cot when it sensed people’s presence. The family quickly locked the house from outside.
The leopard had got inside the house through an opening over the back wall. The officers from Bitherkad forest range trapped it with a cage in front of the house.
Four years ago, two people were mauled to death here by a tiger that was killed subsequently.
The house is located at Veetippadi, which is close to Mudumalai Tiger Reserve which is on the border that Tamil Nadu shares with Kerala and Karnataka states.
Tiger threat on Wayanad border
Man-animal conflicts are on the rise and a few places in Kerala are notorious for attacks by wild animals on human settlements. The villagers of Bairakuppa, located in Nagarhole Tiger Reserve area on the Kerala– Karnataka border, has demanded the authorities to capture a tigress that was till recently roaming the adjacent forest areas, posing a threat to human life. The presence of the dangerous tigress in this area, near Pulppally in Wayanad district, was confirmed by the Forest Department.
Last week, the forest officials had captured a male tiger that is suspected to have mauled to death two persons from region recently. The 10-year-old male tiger, which was captured after being shot with tranquilisers, was shifted to the Mysore Zoo. The tiger had been posing a grave threat to the villagers in the Machur–Gundara areas near the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve which is alongside the Mysore-Madikeri Road in Karnataka.
Footage from the camera installed in the forest area had proved that it was one tigress that killed Madhu, a tribal youth from Manimoola Tribal Settlement at Bairakuppa in December. It was also confirmed that the male tiger had killed two people, Chinnappan from Gundur and Kenchan of Machur. Experts had also confirmed that both persons were killed by the same tiger.
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