Locals rescue sambar from stray dogs

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A wild sambar strayed into the residential area of Mansa Devi complex and was rescued by the locals Saturday after prowling stary dogs attacked the animal.

The sambar was rescued after a morning walker and a boy came across a a group of stray dogs attacking the deer.

The wild Sambar was released into the wildlife sanctuary in the outskirts of the city Saturday morning.

Local resident Sandeep Sethi, who was on a routine walk, came across the unusual scene of dogs pouncing on an animal. On closer scrutiny he found that a Sambar was being attacked and he and a local boy, Anirudh, hurled stones at the dogs. "It was around 8.15 am when I witnessed the Sambar was being attacked. Armed with stones, me and a local boy made the dogs flee from the spot. Soon local residents assembled and we called up the police which reached the spot to rescue the animal," he said.

The boy got the first aid kit from his house and the wounds of the animal were nursed before police and wildlife officials came to the spot and took away the Sambar. Local resident and deputy advocate general, Rajeev Kawatra, said that he called up police and wildlife officials who took away the Sambar. "It was really heart-wrenching scene when we found the animal in the residential area being attacked by the dogs. The animal proabably strayed into the area from behind the forest range," he said.

After the local police and wildlife officials were informed they came to the area and took away the Sambar in a police gypsy before it was released into the protected area. Inspector wildlife, Jaibir Singh, said that the animal was released into the wildlife area at Panchkula after its proper treatment was done . "It is an open wildlife sanctuary. The wounds of the animal were nursed and after it became stable the animal was released into the protected area." he said.

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