Where has Bagheera, the black panther gone?
- By chapteranimals
- On 24/09/2019
On September 18, around 6.30 p.m., the firefighters of Armentières received a strange call: a black panther was walking on the roofs of a busy street in the town. Checks don't take long, and what could have been a joke isn't one. A young panther, around 10 months old, walks on the roofs of buildings...
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On September 18, around 6.30 p.m., the firefighters of Armentières received a strange call: a black panther was walking on the roofs of a busy street in the town. Checks don't take long, and what could have been a joke isn't one. A young panther, around 10 months old, walks on the roofs of buildings, creating both excitement and chaos in the neighborhood! But where does it come from and how did it end up on the roofs?
It took almost two and a half hours and the combined efforts of the firefighters, the police, ONCFS agents and veterinarians to be able to fall asleep and capture the young feline. Their mission was not easy, it was not necessary to frighten the animal, or even to stress it, at the risk of a bad fall which could have been fatal! The big black cat was still at the top of a three-story building. But that didn't seem to upset her. Far from it, even, she was extremely curious about the environment that surrounded her.
And it was with an anesthetic dart that the animal was able to be controlled, after its comings and goings within an apartment. The first elements of investigations are disturbing: the animal belonged to an individual who is said to have. But the versions of the inhabitants are different. Some claim that the owner of the animal has gone on vacation, while others claim that he fled shortly before the firefighters arrived. One thing is certain, the individual identified to date is wanted today. He will have to prove that he was able to hold a panther at home (obligatorily to hold a certificate of capacity) and that the conditions of detention respected a certain regulation. He will also have to explain himself about the declawing of his panther, an act prohibited by law.
The young panther, which weighs between 25 and 30 kilos, was entrusted to the League for the Protection of Animals before being sent to the zoo in Mauberge. A transfer, for this Wednesday, was planned within the refuge of the Tonga association, Terre d'accueil. But it will not happen immediately ... Maybe never!
During the night of Monday 23 to Tuesday 24, the panther was stolen. The Fauverie's security lock, a very secure building in the zoo where she was recovering in quarantine, was forced to gain access to the animal. It was almost six doors that had to be crossed before gaining access! The perpetrators knew perfectly well what they were doing and what they wanted. The animal which we remember is used to human contact must not have been difficult to remove. According to the trainers, she was even very cuddly, always looking for attention. No other enclosure was either forced or an animal stolen.
Chapter Animals, which plans to build a sanctuary in France in the coming years, is shocked when it hears this news. We immediately sent an email of support to the mayor of the town who decided to file a complaint and worries about the state of the little panther, already relatively weak. We support the city and the mayor in these steps so that the criminals are found and punished!
You should know that a panther sells for 15,000 euros, so all tracks should be considered. Was it its owner who wanted to recover it by any means? Evildoers wanting a ransom, or even worse, reselling the panther on the black market. In any case, what is certain is that this act is criminal. It is not a coincidence. Be aware that talking too much about a seized animal can be dangerous for him. The media all wanted to take over the case, revealing his place of pre-trial detention. Although his abduction from the zoo should never have taken place, the area being secure and under video surveillance, it is a pity that so much information broke out in the press.
Chapter Animals begs that the panther be returned to the zoo! Anyone with information about the animal and its place of detention, closely monitoring the announcements concerning non-domestic animals for sale on the networks is asked to contact us as soon as possible in order to transmit the information to the competent authorities!