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Escaped Leopard “Sachin” Captured After 40-Hour Search at Katraj Zoo

Collaborative Effort by Authorities Ends Anxious Wait as Missing Big Cat is Found Safe

After a tense 40-hour search, the elusive leopard named Sachin, who escaped from his enclosure at the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in Katraj, Pune, has been successfully captured. A collaborative effort involving nearly 150 personnel from various departments culminated in his capture at 9:15 pm on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024.

Sachin, a seven-and-a-half-year-old leopard known for his friendly demeanor, escaped from his enclosure on Monday morning by manipulating the cage’s top bars. Despite an extensive search spanning nearly two days, his whereabouts remained a mystery until the successful operation on Tuesday night.

The search operation involved a multi-pronged approach, utilizing advanced technologies like hydraulic ladders, drones, and thermal cameras to locate Sachin within the vast zoological park. Authorities cordoned off a specific area characterized by tall grasses and dense bushes, restricting access to authorized personnel like forest department officials, trained wildlife conservators, and zoo experts. Additionally, strategically placed traps baited with food enticements aided in the search efforts.

The collaborative team comprised personnel from the Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and PMRDA fire brigades, along with the forest department, police, authorized wildlife conservators, animal museum staff, and trained guards. To enhance the search further, additional CCTV cameras were deployed, and drones equipped with thermal sensors were employed.

While the capture marks a positive conclusion to the incident, authorities remain committed to a thorough investigation. Additional Commissioner Vikas Dhakne assured the public that the incident would be investigated thoroughly to identify any lapses in security protocols. Based on the findings, necessary amendments will be implemented to existing rules and regulations to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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I have been a content writer for more than 5 years now and have worked on multiple niches. My articles are well researched and written in a engaging way. I have also written a few eBooks on various topics which are available on Amazon Kindle. If you are looking for a professional and experienced content writer, then please do get in touch with me.

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