Scary moments were experienced as a leopard entered the Jollygrant Airport premises.
Jollygrant Airport Director G K Gautam said that a CISF jawan at the airport spotted a wild animal jumping over the boundary walls into the premises and hiding in a pipe near the new terminal building on Tuesday morning.
The airport authorities informed the Thano range of Dehradun forest division about the happening.
The pipe was shut on either side to ensure that the wild animal does not come out. However, flight operations remained unaffected at the airport which is surrounded by reserve forest areas on three sides, Gautam said.
The leopard was not identified immediately because of the distance.
Subsequently, when the pipe was drilled to rescue the animal, it was identified as a young leopard, Sub Divisional Forest Officer G S Martolia said. He added that efforts are being made to safely rescue the leopard.
This is not the first time a wild animal has entered a public place. Wolves, jackals, leopards, and other animals have earlier entered the airport as well. The Jollygrant Airport is surrounded by reserve forests where wild animals move freely.