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A leopard that was spotted entering a house near an airport briefly caused panic among residents in Southern India.

Bankanidhi Senapati, a witness to the incident, said the leopard entered the compound of a house in Palaspalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, at around 11pm on February 17, The Pioneer reported. According to the witness, the leopard entered the area after it had scaled the boundary wall of the airport next to the house compound.

He added that he informed his neighbors only after the animal left the premises. Initially, they refused to believe him, until they were shown footage from a security camera.

The Forest Department dispatched a 25-member team to the location, and launched a search operation to try and locate the leopard in Palaspalli and Bhimatangi.

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