Speaking to Mid-day, Pawan Sharma from RAWW (Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare), said, “In the wee hours of Thursday at around 1.20 am we got a call on our helpline number from residents of Canosa building, B wing, Hiranandani estate, Thane (West). A woman said she needed our help, as a leopard had been spotted on the 10th floor of the building.” Frazzled that a leopard was in their building, residents also called the forest department and the cops.

Around 1.50 am, the RAWW team along with the Thane Forest Department reached the building and spoke to the woman who had called in the authorities. “We spoke to the lady and also carried out a search operation for the leopard. She showed us pictures she had taken of the leopard and it was then that we noticed that it wasn’t a leopard but a full-grown cat. We immediately notified the residents that it wasn’t a leopard and there was no need to worry,” said a Thane forest department official.

Sharma from RAWW added that after confirming that the so-called leopard was in fact, a cat, the officials also gave out the helpline numbers in case of any incident in the future and left.
On September 5, CCTV footage from Wellington Co-operative Housing Society (CHS) in Hiranandani Estate in Thane (W) had revealed that a leopard had entered and exited the colony in the wee hours. Residents had said that this was the first time that they had seen a leopard in the colony.

Courtesy: Mid-Day