Mumbai: Imagine walking out of your house to be greeted by a leopard walking near a wall, and this is what the residents at a housing complex in the city of Mumbai had to recently go through on Sunday the 11th of February 2024.
The incident took place at the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road and is now viral by a video that the residential society’s CCTV camera captured. This soon became a cause for concern as the same predator had sometime back this week made his presence at the Oberoi Splendor in East Mumbai.
This is one wild cat that sure loves the city, but while we all love to admire wildlife, it would be good that this is only at the zoos. At least this is what the residents of the area now feel, looking back on the incident as scary and dangerous as they appeal to forest officials, who are now monitoring the situation closely.
Forest authorities are now conducting patrols each night, guarding the area so that the residents have no cause for further panic.
And in the case of future occurrence, the residents now have access to the toll free helpline, so that the forest department can come forward to help immediately.
In addition to that, Pawan Sharma, president of the Resqlink Association for Wildlife Welfare suggests that residents avoid lurking outside at night as wild animals often come out at a time like this, in search of easy prey.
This is especially true in areas that are situated closer to the forests, as a result of which residents must maintain clear visibility, especially when it comes to protecting children and pets.
He also stated that the guards should stay within their cabins and make use of torches at night.