In a startling incident, a panther was caught on CCTV visiting a hotel in Rajasthan's Mt Abu on Friday.
In the video the panther can be seen running into the corridor at 7:53 pm and then crossing and exiting the footage from the other side. A hotel staff member can also be seen moving in the area, shortly before the panther arrived.
According to a Dainik Bhaskar report, the incident took place in the gallery of a hotel located next to a petrol pump. The Star Villa Hotel in Mount Abu has forested land at its back -- which is where the panther reportedly entered from.
Watch the video of the incident below:
Incidents where animals enter human habitats are becoming increasingly common.
In an unrelated incident earlier this year, a house in Assam received an unexpected guest.
Following the Assam floods, a tiger had left the flooded Kaziranga National Park to take refuge in someone's house. In pictures shared on social media the tiger can be seen relaxing on a bed.
In another incident a leopard visited a shopping mall in Maharashtra's Thane area in February of this year. The carnivore was first spotted at the Korum Mall in Samata Nagar around 5.30 am. And while citizens alerted the police and forest offcials soon after, a three-hour search of the mall premises failed give a glimpse of the animal.
Thereafter, it was spotted at a housing complex and then in a hotel basement near the mall. Officials finally caught the leopard from the basement of the hotel located at Pokhran Road around 11.50 am.