Watch: Leopard sighted near Aarey Colony in Mumbai

A video of a leopard walking in a walled courtyard of a house in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony Sunday went viral. The video, which appears to have been taken with a surveillance camera, is dated June 1 and shows the time at 2:43 a.m.

The one-minute, 17-second video was shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda. Soon Nanda’s tweet went viral and the video garnered over 1.6 lakh views.

Commenting on the video, one Twitter user wrote, “The original forest cover of the Aarey Colony and surrounding areas have shrunk over the past 50 years due to the emergence of industrial units, residential buildings, hotels, etc. affecting wildlife.”

Leopards have been frequently sighted near and around the Aarey Colony. Last month, A leopard strayed into a school in Mumbai’s Goregaonwhich is located near the colony of Aarey, and was rescued in a joint action by the forest service and the police.

This latest leopard sighting also comes after new Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s decision to move the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ underground car shed near Aarey Forest. Activists believe that any large-scale development in the Aarey Forest will harm the natural environment and the area’s rich wildlife.

Declared a reserve forest in 2019, the 800-hectare Aarey Forest is said to be home to nearly 290 species of wildlife.

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