- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A leopard terrorized the northern Indian city of Meerut on Sunday, injuring 7 people and escaping animal control several times before disappearing into the forest.

The animal was found in a local timber shop before entering Meerut Cantonment Hospital, where it was cornered in a room by animal control officials. The leopard escaped the room by breaking a window, BBC reported.

“It got agitated and escaped,” local forest official Sushant Sharma told CNN.

Seven people were injured by the big cat, including a policeman.

The leopard also made an appearance at a local cinema and on an apartment block.

In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 photo taken with a cellphone camera, an Indian policeman tries to charge a leopard with a stick that was spotted at a hospital in Meerut, India. Police said forestry officials and police armed with tranquilizer darts fanned out in search of the leopard that has been spotted in the northern India city, creating panic and driving people indoors. Police superintendent Abhiskek Singh said the leopard injured six people since it strayed into Meerut city and wandered into a hospital in the city two days ago. (AP Photo)
In this Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 photo taken with a cellphone camera, ... more >

Schools in the area are closed and a high alert issued in the town. No sightings were confirmed on Monday.

“Nothing happened (Monday). So, there are chances it could have gone back to the forests. But we are still trying to track it,” the forest official said.

At least nine people have died in India since December from tiger attacks, CNN reported. Just last week, a leopard killed a 5-year-old boy in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.