Leopard on the loose triggers panic in India

The animal was seen wandering around the city of Meerut on Sunday, walking into a hospital, movie theater and an apartment complex before it was sedated, CNN reports.

Stunning photographs purport to show the leopard leaping across rooftops, squeezing through a hole in the wall of the Meerut Cantonment Hospital, and snarling at a baton-wielding official through a window.

Schools were shut down and police asked vendors to close open-air markets while the leopard was loose.

Police say gawkers hindered their hunt for the big cat. At least six people were injured before it was captured.

CNN reports there are more than 1,100 wild leopards in India, and expanding cities are threatening their habitats.

Meerut, with a population of more than 3 million people, is roughly 40 miles from New Delhi.

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