Cheetah sightings in Margalla

Last night a friend and me hiked to Margalla ( don’t ask why ) only to know, ‘Public is not allowed after 11pm’ at Damne Koh. For the first time I was hearing it in months that its not for security reasons. But due to sighting of a pair of Cheetah , as excited as we were on the fact its not a security issue. At the same time scared as much cause it was a pair of cheetah , the lone killer/hunter of the night. 

“The cheetah’s have been sighted thrice in the last two nights, they havn’t done any damage yet. But precautions have been taken”, said the police officer. “Last year a pair was caught which used to eat animals from the zoo”, the other added.

Cutting to the chase, if your feeling all pumped up and adventures . Be all that in day light, in groups or ofcourse there is always the option of taking your 250 pound friend as bate.

21 Comments so far

  1. furquanatique on November 8th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    I don’t really find anything humorous about this. It is a serious situation that must be dealt with accordingly. The cheetah pair is a serious threat, especially in civilian territories close to Damne Koh. So in the spirit of logical thinking, and not the thrill, I would recommend staying away from Damne Koh as much as possible until the cheetah’s are captured. "Being pumped up and adventurous" can lead to a very lonely end. Stay away…


  2. wkhang on November 8th, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    Thats Good that we have Cheetas in the Margalla, this will keep away all of us (Save the wild), where ever we go, we trash all over, now just visit the Murree and you will find out tons of trash filthy streets, destroying our natural world.

    My second thought, I doubt about the cheetas, both cheetas are our new secret agents (CIA)Cheeta Investigation Agency, after 11 they start business, thats why they stays in these mountains finding some clues against the Taliban/Alqaida. Next time you see them just salute them :)(JK)


  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 8th, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

    I so hope and pray that no idiot tries to kill ’em. Its their natural habitat we are invading and not the other way around.


  4. kabirdas on November 9th, 2008 @ 12:37 am

    @ Fahim Akhtar
    " —of course there is always the option of taking your 250 pound friend as bate."

    Sir, if by ‘bate’ you mean ‘bait’ then I would like to add to your advice: ‘making sure you can run faster than your 250 pound friend.’

    @ furquanatique on November 8th.

    It is a kind of funny situation. You are feeling concerned about species which are not endangered and I am feeling concerned about species which are endangered.

    @ A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 8th

    For once I agree with you 100% or 200% as good old Mush used to say in his hay days.


  5. sajjad on November 9th, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

    This is really strange news. Hills are far from the natural habitat of Cheetahs and they belong in open savannas. I wonder how they made it all the way here. Maybe they were released or escaped from someone who was keeping them as pets?

    Besides, Cheetahs aren’t usually a threat to humans. If it was some other big cat, then I’d be worried.


  6. kabirdas on November 9th, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    @ sajjad
    "Cheetahs aren’t usually a threat to humans"

    Are you kidding?? Couple of years back a pair appeared in the Ayubia area and killed a number of animals and humans.


  7. sajjad on November 9th, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

    @kabirdas

    Cheetahs are the least aggressive of all big cats and are also the easiest to tame. They also don’t adjust to new environments, especially colder and mountainous ones like Ayubia. A snow leopard is a more likely suspect, but it couldn’t have been a cheetah.


  8. kabirdas on November 10th, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    @ sajjad on November 9th.

    I didn’t know there was much difference between a cheetah and a leopard. I stand corrected. Thanks for the info.


  9. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 10th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    Exactly … we have leopards here and not cheetahs when I asked elders around :)

    A few differences I found in a blog post here.


  10. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 10th, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    Also, nowadays you can spot Rhesus monkeys on roadside easily … leopards fed on them. When monkeys come out for easy food by humans, leopards (if any in the area) follow.


  11. Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on November 10th, 2008 @ 11:36 am

    @ At Asma Mirza

    If we look at the distribution of area of the two species. Cheeta Range Leopard Range . There is not much of a different in their habitat, so who knows it might be either one of them. But leopard’s always sounded cooler to me.

    @Kabirdas

    Oh wow, a spelling mistake how exciting.

    And they didn’t just caught a pair in ayubia if I remember correctly there was a pair caught in the margalla’s they killed several animals in the Zoo , for a complete week.

    About 4-5 Years ago, a wild cat killed at least 6 people in Thandyani ( The near villages). So these are pretty cool animals if you ask me. ( in a pure animal planet way, no offense to humans)

    Cheetah’s are called the silent killers. They can climb trees , jump upto 45 meters and listen to this :

    "It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph)[3] in short bursts covering distances up to 460 m (1,500 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 110 km/h (68 mph) in three seconds, greater than most supercars.[4]" – wikipedia

    So the bottom line fun part is if you see a cheetah , there is not much one can do. Running just seems pure silly.


  12. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on November 10th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

    Would love to catch a glimpse of this pair or any other in the hills. :-D

    -Monazza.


  13. kabirdas on November 10th, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

    @ A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on November 10th.

    Where is that harmony in this world some people talk of?? It is dog eat dog world!! Tenyyson rightly said: The nature red in tooth and claw

    @ Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on November 10th.
    " —jump upto 45 meters—"

    I am prepared to accept all the other statistics except that Cheetah can jump 45 meters high. I refused to believe this since my Aquil tells me it can’t simply be true unless Cheetahs have wings. Please quote your source about this info or admit you made it up!!

    You say: "Running just seems pure silly."
    I say: It certainly will help if you have a friend with you. In that case you don’t have to out run the cheetah. All you have to do is to out run your friend:-)

    @ montaleast13 on November 10th.

    I am sure they would also love to catch a glimpse of you in the hills :-)So why not go there for the sake of this mutual love:-)


  14. hasanrana on November 10th, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

    This is surely something serious. As far as i remeber there was this forest or wild life office near vangard book F-6 but they demolished as no one is bothered about whats going on.


  15. kabirdas on November 11th, 2008 @ 1:36 am

    @ hasanrana on November 10th

    Once my dog got stolen. I went to report the matter at Margallal police station. The SI on duty told me that in this country people were missing which they couldn’t find. Did I really expect them to find my dog for me?? I came back convinced by the logic of his answer.
    You may infer answer to your question from this anecdote.


  16. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on November 11th, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    @kabirdas
    I might go for sure to see the cheetas/leopards for the sake of our ‘mutual love’ if not anything else. :-D

    Sorry to hear about that lost dog. Did you ever find it? The police might have given you the missing persons argument but i am sure they wouldn’t be doing much to retrieve them either, unfortunately.

    @hasanrana
    Even i don’t remember that wildlife office thing being there beside the Vanguard Books shop. And i am feeling ashamed already.

    -Monazza.


  17. Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on November 11th, 2008 @ 10:33 am

    @kabirdas

    Wrong choice of words , its not high its basically far. It can take a leap ( like long jump ) upto 35 feet :)feet. Cause the snow leopard hold the record for the farthest jump which is 11 meter I think.


  18. hasanrana on November 11th, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    @kabirdas

    Im really sorry as well about your Dog but the police officer gave a realistic view. The must be laughing afterwards as well but they arn’t ashamed that they cant even do anything about missing people…

    @montaleast13
    Lets start talking about the good things in Islamabad…


  19. kabirdas on November 12th, 2008 @ 1:08 am

    @ montaleast13 on November 11th.
    " might go for sure to see the cheetas/leopards for the sake of our ‘mutual love’ if not anything else. :-D"

    The phrase ‘might go for sure’ shows a contradiction which may well be due to some latent contradiction or inbalance in your ‘mutual love’:-)
    No, I didn’t find my dog but have not given up the hope though I lost it about 8 months back. Ironically, perhaps I stand a better chance of finding my dog than the next of kins of the missing persons have of finding their loved ones.


  20. kabirdas on November 12th, 2008 @ 1:19 am

    @ Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on November 11th.

    Not only wrong choice of words but also wrong choice of figure(45 insead of 35) and units (meters instead of feet) of that figure:-)
    Yes, a leap of 35 feet is a realistic and believeable.


  21. kaami on November 12th, 2008 @ 9:52 am

    Agree with Sajjad, I extremely doubt any Cheetah sighting, it would rather be a Leopard. As far as I know there are no Cheetah habitats here. However, leopards do exist in this part of the world, including the rare snow leopard of Himalaya’s.

    Cheeta’s in Africa are the fastest land animals but stand no chance against Lions and Leopards when it comes to a fight and, for that matter are extremely shy, they pose no threat to humans in that continent. However, a hungry leopard with a encroached upon habitat may attack humans especially kids and cattle. Leopards are also extremely strong and excellent tree climbers not cheetah’s.



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