BHUBANESWAR: An injured adult leopard, which was rescued by Forest officials in Angul on Monday, was rushed to Odisha College of Veterinary Science here on Tuesday. The big cat was found to be in a paraplegic state.
As it was unable to move its four limbs as well as the tail, a three-member team of professors examined its condition and administered life saving drugs and nerve stimulant medication.
While being moved to Nandankanan Zoological Park, where it would be sheltered, the leopard showed signs of improvement but it could still be early days of recovery.
According to Head of Veterinary Surgery Prof Indramani Nath, the leopard has suffered trauma on its vertebral column leaving it paralysed. “We did not have to administer anaesthesia before conducting the tests and treatment,” he said.
The carnivore’s blood reports suggested that infection count was high and septisemia was progressing. Nath said the leopard has been subjected to necessary medication and will be kept under observation.
“It is in its prime youth and the Zoo would be a better place for it to recover. A team from the college will visit regularly to keep a tab on its health,” he added.
Veterinary medicine head Prof Niranjan Sahu and Professor of Pathology Dr SK Panda were part of the three-member team.