Kathmandu, Nepal (Web Desk): Nepal had to shut down its only international airport for around 30 minutes after a leopard was spotted close to the runway.

Prem Nath Thakur, a spokesman for the airport said that wildlife and security officers were searching for the animal, believed to be hiding in the drains, after it was spotted by a pilot.

The spokesman stated, "We closed the airport for about 30 minutes after the incident was reported but we haven’t found the leopard yet."

One international flight was delayed but no other flight was scheduled during the closure.

Kathmandu is close to forested hills and leopards are occasionally known to stray into the city.