The incident is said to have happened in the Chandanpuri ghat on the Pune-Nashik highway (NH50).
The leopard jumped over the walls and fled after breaking free from under the car.
Videos of a horrific incident have been making the rounds on social media where a leopard was hit by a car on a highway. The incident reportedly took place at the Chandanpuri ghat on the Pune-Nashik highway (NH50) in Maharashtra. After being hit by a Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Leopard got stuck under the front of the car and got stuck between the broken front bumper and the curb.
Prayers for this beautiful leopard…hope he survives, even though he is seriously injured, he escapes into the jungle. @WildLense_India I hope our politicians will realize that linear development can go hand in hand with well thought out conservation methods. pic.twitter.com/KbdhgRoaZS
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 20, 2022
The leopard quickly broke free once the tailgate reversed and ran for its life jumping over the walls of the highway and into the forest. The leopard was badly bruised and visibly injured by the crash. Several celebrities also tweeted this video, asking the Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to take measures to avoid such incidents which put wildlife as well as citizens in danger.
That’s what we do to our wildlife. It’s a simple case of bad planning. More importantly, we build dangerous roads for citizens. @OfficeOfNG @MORTHIndia @MORTHRoadSafety @nitin_gadkari @RoadkillsIndia
Warning: Horrible video… Source on social media#roadkills pic.twitter.com/dwls5tdzp8
— Milind Pariwakam ???????? (@MilindPariwakam) June 20, 2022
Efforts to find and care for the injured leopard are reportedly underway, but with many stretches of roads passing through dense forests, a similar incident will happen again sooner or later if precautionary measures are not taken.
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