Indian couple gets shock of their life as leopard enters hotel room

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A Meerut couple on a idyllic vacation in the soothing atmosphere of Nainital in northern state of Uttarakhand had a shock of their life when they woke up to discover a leopard happily pacing around in their room!

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Before the cat could leap on them or react to them, the couple quickly went and hid behind the huge bed. Luckily for them, the cat was not interested in the humans but rather wanted to explore the new surroundings and take the place in. It happily sauntered around and after checking the bedroom, went right inside the bathroom. Seizing this opportunity, the husband quickly got out and managed to lock the door from outside.

Check out photos of this rare Amur leopard:

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Amur leopard Xembalo looks through the bars of its enclosure at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa,Hendrik Schmidt)
Amur leopard Vatne relaxes in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The zoo will open a new leopard enclosure on Friday, March 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Chilka, a four months Amur Leopard, walks around its enclosure at the 'Parc de la Tete d'Or' park in Lyon, on December 27, 2013. The Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), a very rare species of leopard living on the borders of Russia and China, is the winner of the 2013 WWF award dedicated to the positive evolution of an endangered species, as its population has increased by 'over 50% over the last five years', according to the Switzerland-based conservation organisation. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Chilka, a four months Amur Leopard, walks around its enclosure at the 'Parc de la Tete d'Or' park in Lyon, on December 27, 2013. The Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), a very rare species of leopard living on the borders of Russia and China, is the winner of the 2013 WWF award dedicated to the positive evolution of an endangered species, as its population has increased by 'over 50% over the last five years', according to the Switzerland-based conservation organisation. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
An Amur leopard, one of three cubs born on May 5, 2007 at Tallinn Zoo, is seen in its enclosure on July 28, 2009. Scientist believe there are only 35 to 50 Amur leopards still living in the wild.The three extremely rare cubs will have new homes in US and British zoos, the Estonian institution said. AFP PHOTO / RAIGO PAJULA - ESTONIA OUT- (Photo credit should read RAIGO PAJULA/AFP/Getty Images)
Amur Leopard Cub Milena, Marwell Zoo, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom. (Photo by: MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images)
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After making sure the door was well bolted the couple called the hotel security before rushing out of their room. The security guards in turn notified the forest officials who arrived post haste on the spot armed with tranquilliser guns to stun the leopard. They also got a cage to capture it and take it back safely to the forest.

However, the wild animal, being locked in the small space had become agitated and was seeking an escape route. Also, it perhaps realised it was not safe and decided to escape from the place. The leopard quickly smashed the glass ventilator in the washroom and escaped before anyone present could react.

According to Forest Ranger Pramod Tiwari who was leading the capture party, the leopard was young, just one and half years old and it usually stayed in the forest. However, this one was being chased by wild dogs and unsure of how to react, it quickly decided to seek refuge in the closest place it could find - the hotel.

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