Leopard caught after shutting down India's largest car factory

Wildlife officials in India have now caught the leopard nearly 36 hours after it was first spotted

The leopard caught on the CCTV camera at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar factory. Photo from BBC

The leopard caught on the CCTV camera at Maruti Suzuki's Manesar factory. Photo from BBC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A leopard was first spotted at the car factory of Maruti Suzuki, which is a joint venture company between India and Japan, on Thursday morning on CCTV causing an immediate evacuation and the closing down of parts of complex.

A massive search was held in the manufacturing plant which is located in Manesar, not very far from the capital, Delhi.

The car factory is the largest manufacturing plant in India, producing up to a million vehicles a year.

About 50 policemen along with 12 other forest department workers conducted the search, after which they tranquilized and captured the animal.

"The leopard has been taken to hospital for medical examination and will be released later into the wild," R Anand, Deputy Conservator of Forests in the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, told the BBC on Friday afternoon.

The main reason for animals often finding themselves in residential or human occupied areas is the shrinking animal habitats, according to a local news agency in India.

According to reports from the BBC, there are about 12,000 to 14,000 leopards in India and one is killed everyday on average.

Last year, there were reports that a leopard had entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore and injured six people before it was brought under control.