Mercedes-Benz Factory Closes After Leopard Invasion

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The lone lost exotic cat wandered into the company's manufacturing plant.

Car production plants across the globe are being forced to halt operations temporarily for several reasons. The most common as of late has been the shortage of semiconductors and other crucial components due to the supply chain crisis. It's a frustrating situation that is having customers pay more and wait longer for their desired cars.

Over in India, things seem to be a little more complicated. The Mercedes-Benz facility located in Chakan near Pune, Maharashtra, responsible for producing cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, was subjected to closure for a full four hours due to a three-year-old male leopard finding its way into the manufacturing section of the plant.

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Upon finding the lost leopard in the early hours of the morning, the plant contacted Wildlife SOS who traveled from the outskirts of Manikdoh to safely remove the exotic animal. The group of four experts cordoned off the area before tranquilizing the leopard. Once it was safe to approach, it was placed in a secure cage and transported to the Chakan Forest Department.

This division confirms that it is currently under medical observation. Once it gets back up to health, it will be released back into the wild. The big question is, what is a leopard doing in Mercedes-Benz's 100-acre plant anyways? Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO and Co-founder of Wildlife SOS explains, "Due to rapid habitat loss, leopards of Maharashtra are being forced to venture into human-dominated areas."

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This is an unfortunate but logical conclusion as we're pretty sure the leopard wasn't hovering about to get an update on that Mercedes-Benz E350 he's been waiting the last three months for. A similar case of auto manufacturers invading wildlife territory was seen in late 2020 when Tesla was ordered to pause the construction of its German plant to accommodate some hibernating snakes.

With the wild snakes being immobile, a local environmentalist group appealed Tesla's building plans under the basis that the cutting of trees could preemptively awaken them. Things must have worked out just fine because we already know that the American company has begun mass production at this facility.

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