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May 27, 2011 at 12:38pm IST

Leopard enters Hema Malini's house in Mumbai

Mumbai: A leopard strayed into actress Hema Malini's Mumbai residence on Friday. The actor who is not in the city at present, expressed her concern over the leopard's safety.

She said, "I hope the leopard is being looked after well. Every now and then, one hears leopards straying into residential areas."

Hema Malini also said that the government must do something about the parks so that animals can get better care there.

The leopard, believed to have come from the adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) area, was spotted by a security guard in the premises early on Friday.

The locals immediately alerted the SGNP authorities who sent a team equipped with tranquilisers and a cage to trap the large wild cat, the official said.

The SGNP, spread over around 100 square kms in northwest Mumbai, has over five dozen leopards and many other wild animals living in its thick forests.

"We have dispatched a team of forest officials to the site and they are making arrangements to catch the leopard. We hope to capture it soon," SA Thorat, SGNP Chief Conservator of Forests said.

No one was at Hema Malini's residence, when the leopard entered her house, except the servant who managed to escape.

Leopards often stray into the sprawling housing complexes, the Film City, the Aarey Milk Colony, Dahisar, Borivli, Kandivli, Malad, Goregaon and other western suburbs and Mulund and Bhandup on the eastern side.

There have been many instances of leopards getting killed while chasing prey by speeding vehicles on the Western Express and Eastern Express highways.

(With additional information from IANS)

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