Leopard Terrorizes India Hospital

Spends 12 hours inside before bursting out through window

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2014 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Patients in an Indian hospital yesterday received an unusual—and pretty frightening—visitor: a leopard that had turned up in the northern city of Meerut, injuring seven people, per the Hindustan Times. After being teased by "mischievous elements" in a warehouse, the animal headed to the hospital, where it entered a three-patient ward, the Wall Street Journal reports. The patients were evacuated, but the leopard stayed in the facility for 12 hours, an official says. After wildlife advocates turned up to tranquilize the animal, it fled—by smashing through a window and a wall. Soon after, it bit a police officer, but "I am absolutely fine now and set to hunt the leopard down," the officer says. With the animal still free, schools and stores in the city have been closed today. Such incidents aren't common in Meerut, but two people were killed by leopards last year elsewhere in India.

A leopard scared hospital patients and injured a police officer.
A leopard scared hospital patients and injured a police officer.   (Shutterstock)
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