The life of a forest officer is hard, especially for those who work in UP’s Maharajganj district, which is a region well-known for its leopard activity.
While it may sound thrilling, taking care of a range populated by big cats, is dangerous. However, forest department employees here shook off their fear and risked their lives, when it mattered the most.
It all started, when a leopard was found lying unconscious near Potha Nulla at Tangia 28 nursery in Dakshini Chowk.
Now, most of us would run in the opposite direction when we come across a predator—conscious or unconscious.
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However, these men are forest officials, and their job is to take care of wildlife, even in extraordinary circumstances.
The authorities contacted ranger Daya Shankar Tiwari, who rushed to the spot, with assistance from forest officials DP Khushwaha, Virendra and Mobin Ali.
They then informed Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Manish Singh about the ailing leopard, who immediately sent a request for a cage so that the injured cat could be transported to a nearby veterinary hospital.
However, time was running out, and waiting for a cage would prove to be fatal. This is the moment when quick thinking came into play—two staffers chipped in, offering to carry the cat on a motorcycle, to save its life.
Now, one can call this foolhardy or brave, but one cannot ignore the fact that this was on-the-spot thinking at its best. Making do with what you have, in the face of an impending disaster.
According to DFO Singh, who spoke to the Times of India, the forest officials carried it on a motorcycle to a forest department office, from where it was taken to a hospital in a cage.
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Treated and given food, the leopard recovered quickly, and was kept under observation for 2 days. The DFO rounded off by saying that an investigation into the frequent sickness among leopards in Dakshini Chowk range, is underway.