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Posted at: Jun 9, 2019, 7:05 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2019, 7:05 AM (IST)

Residents rescue sambar from dogs

Wildlife team catches it after 90-min op

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, June 8

Residents of the Tribune housing society at Madanpura village today saved a sambar from stray dogs when the wild animal strayed into the housing complex this morning.

SK Gupta and Shanta Rani, who were out on morning walk, spotted the animal being chased by dogs. They informed the Panchkula Municipal Corporation as well as the wildlife authorities. They, along with other residents, kept the dogs away from the animal for over two hours till a team headed by Wildlife Inspector Rajeev Garg reached there.

It took the wildlife team more than one and a half hours to catch the animal. The sambar was so frightened that it even tried to attack the officials.

Garg said the animal received bruises while crossing over the walls while being chased by dogs. He said the residents played a great role in keeping dogs away from the animal otherwise they could have bitten it.

Garg said reduction of the forest area and illegal mining were the reasons behind wild animals straying into urban areas. He said not only sambar but nilgai and other animals, including leopard, from the Morni hills also strayed into the city.

He said barring some bruises, the sambar appeared to be healthy. He said after providing treatment at the veterinary hospital, the animal was released into its natural habitat, Morni forest area.

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