Mother leopard walks into cage placed by forest officials in Palakkad, leaves with one of the cubs

G Prasad Kumar/ Mathrubhumi News

Cubs found from an uninhabited house, CCTV footage of the leopard

Palakkad: One among the two leopard cubs found from an uninhabited house at Ummini in Palakkad district was taken by the mother leopard. The other cub was shifted to the office of the forest department.

The mother leopard took the cub from the cage set up by the forest officials on Tuesday at around 4 am. Though the cubs were placed in the cage to catch the leopard, it took one of the cubs by breaking the cage with its teeth. Following this, the officials immediately shifted the other cub to the office of the forest department.

The presence of leopards in the residential region has triggered panic among the natives. However, the forest officials have decided to put the remaining cub in the cage on Tuesday so that the mother leopard can take it too.

The one-week-old leopard cubs were spotted in an abandoned house at Ummini. The house has been closed for the past 10 years as the house owner was in Gujarat. The roof of the house was knocked down in the last monsoon season. Ponnan, a neighbour who used to clean the house and premises for years found the leopard cubs in the house. When he took a look into the house after hearing an unusual sound, he spotted a leopard rising and walking in the opposite direction. The forest officials who reached the site fired crackers to enter the house and shifted the cubs from the house.

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