Indian navy base on leopard alert

Panaji, Apr 1 : INS Hansa Naval base situated in South Goa was put on alert after a fully grown leopard was sighted in the wee hours of Mar 31-Apr 1.

An Indian Navy spokesman told reporters the leopard was driven away by the armed sentry saving the duty staff from being attacked.

This is the second time in the last 16 days wherein a leopard cub was sighted. The sightings are regular near the well-protected naval base, which is home for several flying squadrons attached to the Indian Navy.

"At about 0345 hours, an armed security sentry positioned at Technical / Aircraft parking area in Hansa was alerted owing to certain suspicious movement near the technical area," he said. The leopard however managed to hide away in the thick forest.

A number of leopards have been sighted at various interior parts of Goa and some have been successfully rescued by forest officials. The wild cat has however created threat and many times attacked locals.

--IBNS (Posted on 01-04-2013)

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