India: Leopard mauls 11 in fierce fight

2011-07-21 09:04

Kolkata - A snarling leopard mauled 11 people in an Indian village and terrorised wildlife officials trying to drive it away before it was tranquilised and died of injuries from the fierce showdown.

Forestry officials were forced to flee, dive for cover and even climb up on a jeep to escape the adult, male leopard's attacks in West Bengal state.

At one point, the big cat leapt through the air, fangs bared, and tackled a man, clutching him in its giant paws as it knocked him off the wall he was standing on.

The wildlife officials - wearing protective helmets and carrying batons and tranquiliser guns - had hoped to drive the cat into a nearby wildlife sanctuary after it wandered into the village near Siliguri, about 600km from Kolkata.

But the leopard stood its ground, crouching on a wall, hissing and attacking those who came near.

It injured six villagers, a policeman and four forest guards before being hit with a tranquiliser gun on Tuesday. The people are recovering from their injuries, mostly swipes from the cat's claws.

Forest official Dharma Dev Rai says villagers used knives, stones and batons to beat back the cat.

The cat died within hours after the showdown, and a post mortem is being conducted.

Leopards are protected in India, though more are straying into villages for food.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-07-21 09:13

    This is the problem with man breeding like there is know tomorrow. Pretty soon there will be no more land for wild animals.

      Andre Grobler - 2011-07-21 10:08

      "Go forth and multiply" is the argument when people want to complain about homosexuals. "This is the problem with man breeding like there is know tomorrow." is the argument when people want to complain about animal attacks. "I'm completely oblivious to the fact that I constantly need to moan or else I might find myself focusing on my own life and having to deal with my own issues." is what most people read when they look at the insensitive comments written on articles that are truly tragic. Go ahead: Blame. Complain. Bitch. At the end of the day you are worth the sum of your deeds; And talking and action are two -very- different things.

  • Riaan - 2011-07-21 09:31

    What a sad story. Leopards are such majestic creatures.

  • partykarate87 - 2011-07-21 09:35

    What a photo!!!!

      R013 - 2011-07-21 09:47

      Fantastic photo, that deserves an award!

      ReThan - 2011-07-21 09:49


  • Gorilla - 2011-07-21 09:49

    I looked at the clip, and it certainly doesn't sound like tranq guns being used. More like live rounds.

      richard.wraith - 2011-07-21 11:04

      Absolutely, tranquillizers my arse! Don't see any darts bouncing off the wall!

  • Lionel - 2011-07-21 09:54

    In the first paragraph it is stated that the leopard was tranquilised. Further on in the article it states that the leopard was hit with a tranquiliser gun on a Tuesday (who cares what day it was clobbered). Which was it or was it both? The brilliant photograph though makes up for the poorly written article.

  • R013 - 2011-07-21 09:54

    They should bring these Leopards to the Pilanesberg Game park, I was there recently and saw nothing but Zebras and wildebees... they'll have plenty to eat.

  • Johan - 2011-07-21 10:17

    @Gorilla, some tranquiliser guns use a similar propelant to live rounds, could have been what made it sound like live rounds, however if people were in immediate danger I think most would choose a live round over a dart purely because it is more likely to stop the animal immediately. It is sad that such a majestic animal had to die as a result of interfacing with people though. The photo is one in a million as well

  • battle4truth - 2011-07-21 10:19

    The leopard used it's arms, but it's evidant that it was a high card and permanent suspension. It's called the wild, where humans and animals are not friends, so this happens with no one to blame. But still it should be kept below shoulder line!

      R013 - 2011-07-21 10:27

      If it was a New Zealand player it would just be a warning.

      Greybeard - 2011-07-21 11:54

      High tackle AND that reminds me of somebody...

  • So What? - 2011-07-21 10:24

    Wonder how many times it was hit with the darts? Too much tranquilisers could have killed it as well. If one looks at the left front paw, it looks as if there is a dart already doing its work. So sad - agree with Gobbinater - man breeds and breeds and is slowly excluding wild life from our lives. And then there are truly so few who actually care for our heritage.

      battle4truth - 2011-07-21 10:34

      The world is not over populated at all. In FACT all can fit into the state of texas back to back. If it's too crowded, then move to the karoo. Reducing the world population is nothing but a Illuminaty agenda. BUT agree, it should be responsible multiplication.

  • To The Point - 2011-07-21 10:25

    Nature will eventually turn on man who irresponsibly over populates thinking it owns everything. The over populated countries should not be supported because the world is not responsible for their uncontrollable breeding habits and stupidity - Somalia is a prime example - the minute these people are given a plate of food they simply produce another child. Stop supporting the parents - rather free the children from these irresponsible parents who insist on having six or more children and sterilize the parents. Having children you cannot support, feed, educated and offer a proper secure future for is equal to premeditated child abuse and should not be allowed. These irresponsible parents must be held accountable for the crimes they are committing against their own children. If you are a responsible parent, start thinking of the survival of your children and other responsible people on this planet and save them from this terrible world we have allowed it to become because of our sympathy for the ongoing irresponsibility of others. Be responsible.

  • Juggernaut - 2011-07-21 10:26

    Go Leopard. Pity that you had to pass away. No doubt readers will realise if your domestic "pussycat" was as big as a leopard it would eat you.

  • harpo - 2011-07-21 10:26

    great tackle,sign this leopard for the lions asap.

  • Joy Thorpe - 2011-07-21 10:31

    "Forest official Dharma Dev Rai says villagers used knives, stones and batons to beat back the cat." It makes me so angry !

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-21 10:33

    The problem is that the people are too thin in India if the Leopard was in USA he could of just eaten one person and be satisfied

      jowza - 2011-07-21 10:56

      No.americans dont taste good,thats why the tiger will have a bite and toss it away

  • Sanele - 2011-07-21 10:40

    julle is 'n klomp idiote

  • Sanele - 2011-07-21 10:41

    i love boere

  • spacecowboy - 2011-07-21 10:51

    hashtag WINNING!

  • Canibus - 2011-07-21 11:17

    AHahahahahahaah. That picture is hilarious!!

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