University Issues Warning to Students Regarding Leopard Roaming on Campus
The administration of Daystar University asked students on Monday, November 22, to be extra cautious due to a leopard seen roaming on campus.
Caroline Mwangi, the Manager, University Services, wrote to the Daystar community in an email alerting them that the stray animal had been spotted at the Athi River Campus.
Mwangi went on to say that the leopard had gone into hiding within the institution’s grounds.
“This is to bring to our attention that a leopard was spotted (22/11/2021), and it vanished into the thicket near the dam adjacent to central stores,” the e-mail read in part.
Students on campus were advised to avoid the path at night. Those staying in Bethel or the Self-Catering Hostel Unit (SCHU) were also encouraged to move in groups.
Mwangi clarified that the message was intended not only for resident students but also for those living off-campus.
She went on to say that they had reported the incident to Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), who had taken action.
“We have contacted the KWS and a trap is being laid within the campus,” she stated.
The email also included instructions for the students on what to do if they came across the cat. They were warned not to get too close to the cubs, whether or not their mother was near.
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They were also advised to avoid the leopard’s gaze at all costs and to keep as far away from the leopard as possible in case they came into contact with it.
“If the leopard charges, shout, clap your hands and wave your arms to appear bigger,” cautioned the manager.
Students were urged to remain vigilant until KWS gave the all-clear to move around the compound.