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Dog eating leopard living in oil tanker at shipbreaking yard finally caught. Seriously.

FILE PHOTO: Alang Shipbreaking Yard in India

There are an estimated 14,000 leopards living in India and for the past week or so, one of them has been living in an old oil tanker at the shipbreaking yard in Alang.

ALANG, INDIA – This is not your average maritime story we grant you. Leopards though kill about 15 people each year and are still relatively common in India so when one took up residence in an oil tanker being broken up at a shipbreaking yard, something needed to be done.

Alang, which is usually bustling with thousands of workers engaged in breaking up ships, has been deserted as the work came to a standstill due to the coronavirus lockdown in India.

Taking advantage of the suspension of activities, a leopard found refuge in the half-demolished hull of the King Kong 3, an old French oil tanker.

Officials said they found remains of several dogs inside a compartment in the ship, which led them to believe that the leopard had been going out at night to hunt and returning with its catch to its ‘new’ home. The shipyard is a vast open plot where stray dogs are common.

Police and forest officials made a number of attempts to remove the animal from its newfound home without success. Finally, the animal was caught and has been removed from the shipbreaking yard. The hope is that after it is cleaned up and recovers from its ordeal it can be released back into the wild.

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