Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 1:
A day after the four-year-old injured leopard rescued from Nakchi PWD guest house in Angul district, the big cat was today shifted to Veterinary College of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) here for treatment and expert advice.
The doctors at the Veterinary College of OUAT conducted X-ray on the injured leopard whose ambulation has been restricted. The tests revealed that the animal sustained injuries in the spinal cord following which it has made the leopard immobile.
The injury at two places in the spinal cord had its effect on the four limbs and the tail. The leopard has become paralytic, the doctors said.
Apart from radiological tests, blood and stool samples were also sent for examination today.
“The leopard admitted to the surgery ward of the veterinary department would be kept under observation for a few days. Physiotherapy will be done on the leopard to make the limbs functional again. The leopard will be kept in the Nandankanan zoo even after it recovers from the injury,” Nandankanan Zoological Park Director Dr Sudarshan Panda said.
Under the guidance of Prof Dr Indramani Nath and supervision of principal chief conservator of forest (PCCF) wildlife, SS Srivastav and Nandankanan Zoological Park Director Dr Sudarshan Panda, the leopard is undergoing treatment.
Though the exact cause of injury has not been ascertained, it is suspected that the wild animal might have got injured by a vehicle while crossing the NH-55 at Nakchi.
The leopard was spotted bleeding by the locals in a bush on the premises of the PWD guest house.
After the forest officials arrived at the spot, the injured leopard was tranquilised and shifted to nearby Handappa forest range office where the leopard was treated by local veterinary doctors.
The injured big cat was shifted to Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the capital city last night.