- 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.

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.

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