Leopard that created panic at Nedungolam in Kollam turns out to be wildcat
Chathannur: The news of a leopard being spotted near a school compound in Nedungolam had created panic among the residents. But the concerns gave way to relief as officials confirmed that the animal was a wildcat.
Sobhana, a resident of Polachira in Nedungolam, spotted an animal that looked like a leopard running into the bushes on Monday. As the thick undergrowth prevented Sobhana from identifying the animal, she alerted the neighbours.
Soon, the news spread and local residents started searching for the animal. However, they could not find anything. At night, two of the residents in the area said they saw a leopard and this created further panic among locals.
On Tuesday morning, the residents spotted footprints of the animal. They took images of the footprint and sent it to the Forest Range Office in Anchal. Officials led by Range Officer Jayan inspected the images. They confirmed that the animal was a wildcat and not a leopard and this brought much relief to the residents.