An Indian couple from Meerut were on vacation in the northern state of Uttarakhand when their hotel stay was interrupted by a wild leopard who had sauntered into their room from the nearby forest, BBC reported.
Upon waking up in the morning, the husband and wife were absolutely stunned to discover that a ferocious feline was pacing around in their hotel room. Their gut reaction was to hide behind the bed and allow the cat to explore the bedroom at its leisure.
When the leopard entered the bathroom, however, the husband acted swiftly and locked the animal inside. The frightened couple notified hotel security after securing the wild cat in the restroom.
Forest officials arrived with tranquilizer guns and a cage to remove the animal and take it back to the forest. However, after being locked inside such a small space, the leopard became agitated and managed to escape by breaking the glass ventilator before the forest rangers got to it.
Ranger Pramod Tiwari told the media that they were familiar with the one and a half year old leopard, which “usually” stayed in the forest. Tiwari believed that the leopard was being chased by a pack of dogs and needed a quick nearby place to find shelter. He also noted that this was not the first time a wild animal has ventured into the hotel's property, and won't be the last time, either.
Leopards are known to be active during the night and sleep during the day, so luckily the couple encountered the big cat when it was more likely to be tired and less aggressive.
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