leopard might be expected, to make a break, but minuteswore on and nothing happened.' By and by the searcherscame, out into the' daylight again, but there was no sign of "the cat." Having convinced themselves that she was notthere, the party put out their candles and lamps, and thenwent' off down the slopes of the ridge on which the tannerystands.
-Evening Post 19 September 1925
The leopard which, escaped from the Auckland Zoo lastweek has evaded all, efforts to capture it. The animal wasseen in a garden at Mount Albert, and made off stealthilyinto neighbouring cover, says a telegram from Auckland. Aclose watch is being kept, and efforts will be made to capturethe animal alive.
- Evening Post 22 September 1925
“….A suggestion to use the Pakuranga hounds in. thebroken country where the leopard is supposed to be lurking;was made yesterday, but today Mr. Bullock Webster, masterof hounds, accompanied by Constable Cook, went over theground, and decided that until some definite news of theleopard having been seen in open country was received it,would be useless to think of using the hounds. Where theanimal is, supposed, to be in hiding is very broken-country,in which it would be impossible to use the pack. There arewild cats in the rocky rough' country, and these, animals areoften much larger than domestic cats. “
Evening Post 24 September 1925
“….Being familiar with the spoor of leopards in India, and after having seen - the mate it the Auckland Zoo, Mounted Constable Cook says he is of opinion that nobody has seenthe missing leopard. He spent some years in India beforecoming to New Zealand …” “...As for the spoor reported at Mount Albert, he never sawanything larger, than that of a good-sized cat…”
- Evening Post 25 September 1925
“..The decision of the Auckland City Council to put a priceon the head of the missing, leopard— £20 alive or £10 as acarcass—makes the capture worth about a shilling a: spot .Itmay help to appease the public mind, but doubtless if the ani-mal or its carcass is not soon recovered an agitation for anincrease in the reward may be anticipated, telegraphs, "ThePost's" correspondent…..”
A circus of opinions too had begun to circulate as the samereport recounts
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