KZN leopard attack victim ‘doing fine’

2008-05-23 00:00

PIET van der Walt, the Richards Bay man who was attacked and bitten on the head by a leopard this week, was reported to be “doing fine” at Bay Hospital.

The hospital refused to divulge further details on his condition or on the extent of Van der Walt’s injuries. He was attacked by the animal at uMfolozi Game Park while braaing meat on Thursday.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife spokesman Jeff Gaisford said yesterday that the leopard has not been located. “A team is keeping the area under observation to see whether the leopard is still around or not. It is possible that the leopard was just passing through and if that is the case it would be far by now,” he said.

Gaisford said no decision has been taken as to what will happen to the big cat.

“That decision will be made once we have seen it. In the case of [the leopard] being injured or too weak, we might decide to destroy it.”

He said it is difficult to speculate on what would have motivated the animal to attack Van der Walt. “We can only establish that once we have seen the animal,” he said.

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