Locals Hunt Hungry Leopard Prowling In Block Of Flats

This is the moment panicked locals come out of their homes in a block of flats to help catch a huge leopard that entered the complex in search of food. 

Story By: Lee BullenSub-Editor: Joseph Golder; Agency: AsiaWire;

Video Credit: AsiaWire

The incident took place in Navasari in the westernmost Indian state of Gujarat when the leopard strayed beyond police lines and entered a residential area.

Scared locals called the emergency services and forest department officials finally caught the big cat after a seven-hour operation, according to reports.

The leopard was then removed from the residential area in a cage. It is currently unclear whether the local authorities have released it back into the wild yet.

In the video footage, the huge leopard is seen falling into a net suspended across several balconies.

However, the big cat breaks loose and jumps over a balcony, disappearing inside the building again.

Meanwhile, dozens of residents are seen on the ground level, screaming and shouting.

According to local media, it is becoming more common for big cats from nearby forests to stray into urban areas in search of food and water.

Experts believe that deforestation and human activity in their natural habitats are main reasons for wild animals to enter towns and villages.

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