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It was serious panic that took over a home recently after a leopard wandered into the house.

The leopard wanred into the house in southeastern Kenya after straying from its home in Tsavo National Park before rangers rescued it, a wildlife official told AFP Friday.

The animal is believed to have strayed from the expansive park on Thursday, entering the neighbouring town of Voi, 150 kilometres (90 miles) from the beachside city of Mombasa.

In a video shared online by local media outlet Daily Nation, rangers were seen carrying the tranquilised leopard — its head covered by a cloth — and loading it into a car, as an excited crowd tried to film the happening on their phones.

But a Kenya Wildlife Service spokeswoman downplayed the incident as a “normal” case of an animal straying outside the park.

“It wasn’t a big deal. Happens all the time,” Teresia Igiria told AFP, adding that no one was hurt.

While such cases of animals on the loose have increased in recent years, it is unusual for anyone to be injured during their outings.

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