A leopard strayed into Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport on Tuesday morning, causing a lot of chaos.
A guard at the Air Traffic Control tower spotted it and immediately alerted his supervisor, who in turn informed the Thano range of Dehradun forest division.
A forest team immediately rushed to the site and managed to locate the feline inside an underground drain pipe.
The pipe was then shut on either side to ensure the animal could not escape.
After a few unsuccessful attempts at tranquilising the big cat, the rescue team set up a cage at one end of the pipe and lured the leopard in by agitating it from the other end.
Finally, it was successfully rescued after a 10-hour long operation.
The leopard was kept under observation for 24 hours and released into its natural habitat after being fed.
The rescue team headed by forest official Ravi Joshi included constables from the local police stations, airport staff and Dr Rakesh Notiyal.
Flight operations remained unaffected at the airport through the operation.