Leopard on the loose triggers panic in India

In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 photo, an Indian man moves out of the way of a leopard in the northern Indian city of Meerut, India. Forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts searched for a leopard that injured six people in the northern Indian city, creating panic and driving people indoors, police said Tuesday. (AP Photo)

February 25, 2014 7:24:28 AM PST
A leopard was sedated and captured, but not until after it took a stroll through a city 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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