Mysuru: An incident in which a cow’s calf was attacked by stray dogs took place in the early hours of Sunday January 30. Initially, it was suspected that a leopard had attacked the calf. Later, when the CCTV was checked, it was revealed that it was an attack by stray dogs.
A calf lying on the side of the road died at 4.00 am on Sunday near I Block of Ramakrishna Nagara, Mysuru. The people who came to know the matter suspected that the leopard had attacked and killed the calf. The Forest Officers who came to the spot after knowing this inspected the place where the calf was dead and the place where the calf was dragged from the top of the road. When the footprints of the animals were examined at the spot, they confirmed that they were not the footprints of a leopard.
After checking the nearby CCTV footage, it came to light that the calf was surrounded by stray dogs, who dragged the calf and bit it to death.
The death of the calf created panic among residents as the news spread that a leopard killed the calf. The residents heaved a sigh of relief after hearing the news that the calf was attacked not by a leopard but by a group of stray dogs.
“In some parts of Mysuru City, calves are left with cows. Some cows do not take them home, so the calves sleep on the roadside. That is when stray dogs attack them,” said Deputy Conservator of Forests Dr. Basavaraju.
Also, there is a park and a small forest area in this part of Ramakrishna Nagara. So, he appealed to people to be careful as leopards may also attack or be sighted.