Have you ever refused to go into a room because of a rodent or spider? Well then I’d advise you to stay away from the Maruti Suzuki car manufacturing plant in India. A leopard was caught on the CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) cameras inside the factory in the capital city of Delhi, causing thousands of morning workers to have to wait outside in what was no less than a cat-astrophe.
The big cat made his way into the building sometime the night before and appeared on CCTV, which (reasonably) made the nightshift workers evacuate and close a significant part of the large factory complex. Meanwhile, in the morning, 12 forest department workers and 50 policemen were commissioned to search the building for the wildcat, each presumably searching different spots for the same spots…those of the leopard.
The animal was apparently hiding in the engine department of the factory and according to people on the scene, individuals tried many different things to whisk(er) the animal away. Some were throwing firecrackers to possible scare the leopard out of hiding according to wildlife conservator, Vinod Kumar. A local journalist later reported to the BBC that rescuers even brought in two live goats and some raw meat to lure the cat away, which actually sounds like the purr-fect idea. In the end however, the animal was tranquilized and taken to an animal hospital for observation and will be released back into the wild.