Dibrugarh, June 9: A female leopard (Panthera pardus) was today rescued around 11am from the house of Brajanti Gogoi, a resident of Torajan, around 25km from Digboi.
Torajan tea estate is under Digboi forest division in Tinsukia district.
Rajib Rudra Tariang, assistant professor, department of zoology, Digboi College, who assisted the NGOs in the rescue mission, said, “The leopard got trapped inside a cage, which was made by Brajanti to capture it. The cage was made of wood with two chambers separated by wire nets. Brajanti kept two puppies inside the cage as bait.” Tariang said when the leopard went inside the chamber to eat the puppies, which were kept in the other chamber separated by wire nets, the trap door dropped shut.
The local forest department staff were informed yesterday around 10.30pm and they arrived this morning to inspect the captive leopard.
The animal was released in Upper Dehing reserve forest, 20km from Digboi.