Man tells of leopard attack

2011-02-10 10:08
Pieta Ncube shows the wounds on his face and head after a leopard attacked him. (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

Pieta Ncube shows the wounds on his face and head after a leopard attacked him. (Lisa Hnatowicz, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Pretoria - A man has told how he used his bicycle as a shield to protect himself as an enraged leopard attacked him.

"The Lord was next to me," said Pieta Ncube, 39, who was attacked by a leopard which had just freed itself from a wire trap near a game farm close to the Dikhololo holiday resort, about 20km outside Brits in the North West.

Ncube said he was cycling to work from his house in Waterval at about 05:00 on Tuesday morning and was about 9km from the main road between Brits and Thabazimbi when he suddenly heard something behind him.

"I slowed down to see what was behind me." He stopped and the leopard suddenly attacked from behind.

"I was just able to use my bike to stop him getting me."

Steel bar


He did this by managing to trap the leopard's two front legs in the triangle of the bike's frame so that the animal wasn't able to move freely and couldn't reach him with his teeth.

"The leopard's head stuck out just above the saddle," said Ncube. The leopard was however still able to inflict bloody scratches to Ncube's face and head.

Ncube took a loose steel bar that he had on his bike to finally frighten off the leopard, after which the animal disappeared through a fence on the other side of the road.

"I then took off my shirt and wrapped it around my head to stop the bleeding and called my boss to come and fetch me.

Ncube's employer, Hennie Brits, 50, said he couldn't believe it when Ncube said he was attacked by a leopard while on his bike.

"You have a greater chance of winning the lotto twice than being caught by a leopard on your bike," he said.

Brits was on the scene in less than 10 minutes and took Ncube to hospital, where his injuries were treated. He will need injections every third day for a month.

Leopard trapped in snare


There are indications that shortly before the attack on Ncube, the leopard had been fighting for its life after becoming trapped in a wire snare on a game fence.

Nails and hair near the trap showed how the leopard struggled to free itself.

Brits said poachers regularly set such traps to catch warthog and other small game.

Hencke Marais of Tshwane nature conservation's specialist services said warthogs and leopards can't be kept in by game fences as they are animals that roam free.

"Nine out of ten leopard attacks are fatal. Ncube was therefore very lucky," said Marais.

If wild animals are injured or trapped, they are even more dangerous.

If the leopard was not too badly injured he would go as far away as possible from the place of the incident, said Marais.

"The leopard's chances of survival depend on how deep the wire trap cut into his skin."

Read more on:    mafikeng  |  animals
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
54 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/World

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are in a curious mood and you want to be the first to know what is happening. You may find yourself drawn into cyber chatting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.