Six individuals were harmed, including a forestry workers and a television crew after a wild leopard assaulted a school in Bangalore, India on Sunday, February 7.

Video footage of Sunday’s attack showed 6-year-old male leopard strolling inside the school premises while men struggled to contain the animal with a net.

The clip shows terrified men around the private school’s swimming pool tried to escape while the 6-year-old male leopard chasing them and leaping on them; later identified as a conservation scientist, Sanjay Gubbi.

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Also injured were forest department employee Benny Maurius and an unidentified TV cameraman who was capturing the dramatic footage.

The 6-year-old male leopard, suspected of straying onto the school grounds from a nearby forest, was eventually tranquilized and taken to a wildlife park for treatment.

Local media said it took very nearly 10 hours before trained forestry workers figured out how to quell the big cat with a tranquilizer.

It was a long battle to catch the Leopard in spite of the fact that it was infused with tranquillisers it could be caught just around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect,” a senior police official told reporters.

Ravi Ralf, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), said the big cat may have strayed from an open forest nearby. It didn’t enter the school premises until after morning of Sunday when wildlife staff tried to approach it in an open field.

The captors tried to lock the school but there was an open window guarded by a flimsy net through which the beast leapt before going on a rampage; attacking the people it came across with.

After it was hit with a tranquilizer, the drugged animal walked to a changing room where it eventually collapsed.

All injured men were being treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries while the leopard was brought for treatment at the rescue center in the Bannerghatta Biological Park. – Robert Beerlak

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