Leopard grabs boy, 5, at private nature reserve

2016-05-04 15:30
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Johannesburg - A 5-year-old boy had a narrow escape when a leopard grabbed him and dragged him for about 30m at a private game reserve in Limpopo last week.

Netwerk24 reported on Wednesday that Kellan Denny was bitten on the left shoulder by the male leopard at the N'tsiri private nature reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park, last Tuesday.

Kellan and his friends were playing on a low wall built around the entertainment area outside the rondavel where he and his parents were staying. The huts are in the bush and wild animals can walk freely around them.

Kellan's parents, Justin and Karen Denny of Johannesburg, were relaxing in unit 40 when the incident happened.

The owner of one of the other residential units at the game reserve said the children were playing outside when a leopard came out of nowhere.

Justin Denny was about 4m away from the leopard when it grabbed his son by his left shoulder. He ran after it, shouting at the others to try and scare the animal.

Another guest, who was staying in unit 38, heard the noise and ran outside, to come face-to-face with the leopard. Meanwhile, the guest staying in unit 36 also heard the screams and ran out with an axe.

In the confusion, the leopard dropped Kellan and ran into the bush.

Heroes

A doctor and a nurse, who were staying at the game reserve, immediately attended to his wounds, giving him stitches and treating him for shock.

The owner of another unit at the game reserve told Netwerk24 that the three men who chased the leopard are heroes.

He added that the incident had shaken everybody there, but the leopard would not be put down.

Last year, a leopard was put down after it attacked a tour guide in the Kruger National Park.

The guide and about six tourists were in an open safari vehicle watching the leopard, when it snuck around to the driver’s side of the vehicle and attacked the guide.

A tourist in another vehicle tried to scare off the animal and it fell under the wheel and was badly injured and had to be put down.

Also last year, the child of a park ranger survived an attack by a leopard that stalked him right inside his home in northern Zimbabwe. The leopard was shot dead.

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