Leopard Escapes at Guangzhou Zoo, Shot by Tranq-Gun

By Matthew Bossons, November 27, 2017

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One of the Guangzhou Zoo’s seven leopards escaped its cage over the weekend, resulting in the immediate dispatch of Yuexiu District police officers, according to the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau’s official Weibo account.  

The incident occurred Saturday (November 25) morning, with authorities being notified of the big cat’s escape at 9.50am.

Upon arriving at the scene, police evacuated the surrounding area and consulted with zoo staff to aid in capturing the renegade leopard. That’s spoke with a zoo employee who stated that the fugitive feline did not leave zoo property. 

The animal was shot with a tranquilizing dart at 10.27am and safely recaged, according to security officials. No one was injured during the incident and, according to a media spokesperson from the zoo, this is the first time a large animal has escaped its cage or enclosure. 

Previously, a pelican went rogue, escaping the zoo by air before landing on a nearby road, where, sadly, it was run over by a motorist. 

Things are currently back to normal at the Guangzhou Zoo and police in Yuexiu are assisting with the follow-up investigation.  

[Image via Mieshi]

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