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By Vaishvedhidha | May 07, 2019 03:00 PM

Once in a while, we come across news that will warm our hearts and make us smile softly. In one such incident, a farmhouse in Virod village on the city’s outskirts has been witnessing an unusual bond blossom in its backyard.

Leopard visits horse at night, chills happily

Post sunset, a young leopard sneaks inside the farm house and goes near a horse. No, it doesn't attack and eat it. Instead, the predator is seen sitting near his prey and making purring sounds.

As we commonly say, "the lion fell in love with the lamb," this leopard has taken a liking to its prey, but not as food. After a few hours, the leopard leaves.

The bond is fast spreading among the nearby villages. Curious locals are turning up at the farmhouse owned by Jagdish Patel, a businessman, to catch a glimpse of the leopard, reports TOI.

“The leopard was first seen four days ago by some men who work at the farmhouse. At first, they were not sure if it was a leopard as it’s very dark. After two days, their suspicion grew stronger and they contacted me,” said Arvind Pawar, who runs Wildlife Rescue Trust.

Pawar went to the farmhouse on the night of May 4 to confirm if a leopard was camping there. “The leopard came at around 8pm and sat a some distance from the horse. It just looked at the horse but did nothing except roll over in the grass. At about midnight, the leopard disappeared from the spot,” he said to TOI.

Patel said, “What surprised us is that the horse also didn’t panic or try to flee from there. It stood there calmly all the time and didn’t mind the leopard resting just a few feet away.”

Though the leopard didn't harm the beloved horse, it did kill one of the dogs at the farmhouse.

Pawar said that the leopard might have been driven away by its mother so that it hunts for food independently. “So, it must be cozying up with the horse for some company. I will be installing night vision cameras on Monday night to capture better images of the leopard. We have taken help of the forest department and set a trap to capture it,” Pawar added. You can watch the video here.