Sunday, January 8, 2012

Amazing moment a passer-by in Indian city was scalped by a ferocious jungle leopard... and lived to tell the tale


Panic: the leopard strays into a home and takes a swipe at a man trying to capture it

A fully grown leopard attacked and injured four people after it strayed into a residential area in the north-east Indian city of Guwahati today.
The locals were seriously wounded by the leopard after it ran into a house on the busy Nabagraha Road in a central residential neighbourhood of Silphukhuri.
An auto rickshaw driver managed to cage the panicked leopard inside the house, which was kept locked until forest department officials arrived and sedated the animal.

Piece of the action: Photographers and onlookers crowd to see the transquilised animal as it is taken to away for observation at Assam State Zoo

Eyewitness Nipu Das said: "We were simply shocked and stunned to find the leopard inside the house and soon the cat started attacking."
One of the injured was admitted to hospital with injuries to his head and face.
The leopard was taken for observation at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati.
"We believe the cat strayed into the area from a nearby hillock, maybe in search of food," a forest department official said.
The hills around Guwahati are covered in dense jungle.
Large areas of the jungle have been cleared to make way for the construction of houses.
But that has led to an increase in attacks by wild animals as creatures that lived in the jungle have lost their habitat and their food sources.

Caught: the leopard is taken to Assam state zoo. Attacks by wild animals have increased as nearby jungle has been cut down

source: dailymail

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