Leopard released into reserve after killing one, injuring two
A leopard attacks a man in the Indian city of Guwanhati on Saturday.
January 9th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

Leopard released into reserve after killing one, injuring two

A leopard whose urban-area attack led to the death of one man and injuries to two others was released in an Indian nature reserve on Monday, two days after the incident.

Officials from the Assam State Zoo in Guwanhati, where the attacks occurred, set the cat free in in a tiger reserve in Manas, according to an Agence-France Presse report in the Hindustan Times.

Three men were attacked on Saturday when the cat wandered in to a residential area of Guwanhati, a city of almost 1 million people in northeast India.

The dead man was Debo Kumar Das, an attorney who was doing carpentry work in his house when he was attacked, according to a report in The Times of India.

"The leopard clawed him, wounding his head. Das received stitches on his head at a hospital and returned home in the evening. When we went to check on his health in the morning, we found him dead. There were blood stains everywhere in the room," the Times quoted a neighbor as saying.

One of the leopard's victims, Pintu Dey, told AFP from his hospital bed that he was injured as he tried to protect the cat from police who had come to kill it.

"My two children were inside the house and so I went to save them when I found some policemen aiming to shoot the leopard," AFP quoted him as saying. "I pleaded against killing the cat and literally stood between the policemen and the leopard like a shield, and all of a sudden I found myself attacked and blood splattered all over."

The attack on Dey was captured on photographs.

The cat was later tranquilized and taken to the local zoo.

Surajit Dutta, director of the Kaziranga National Park, told The Telegraph of Calcutta, that a large crowd that came to look at the leopard worsened the situation.

“You traumatize an animal like this and it will attack. You let it pass, while informing us, and it normally will. We can then get the situation under control as our people are trained to do this,” he said.

More attacks by leopards on humans can be expected as populations grow and move into lands where the animals hunt, Dutta told The Telegraph.

“Leopards may even like city life given the ready access to chicken, dogs, cats and other pets in human habitation. Unlike tigers, they take easily to disturbed habitats. Unlike the tiger, which prefers thick forests, solitude and privacy, thereby staying elusive, the leopard takes easily to scrubland, which Guwahati creates as its ever-growing population tears into its forest cover. Guwahati’s forests and scrubland are full of leopards,” Dutta is quoted as saying.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Sheryl already has leopard: 2 coats and a stole.
    However, Sheryl still hasn't gotten over the white tiger coat that Rebecca Harkness wore to a performance of mine at Philharmonic Hall.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Maybe they had been white leopards.
    White-something almost extinct.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    That guy in the picture looks scalped.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Hello Cesar. Good to see you here.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C

    Awesome.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Argle Bargle

    Heah, kitty, kitty, kitty!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yaa

    These guys are heroes...pleading to police NOT to shoot the animal while being attached!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Attached to what?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello Kitty

      @Michael

      Attached to the leopard's toothy jaws.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PS

      I agree! This kind of soft and caring treatment towards traumatized and displaced animals is refreshing, considering that shooting them down like we do in the US is so easy.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • t3chsupport

      Attached to a leopard, via those huge hooks in its hands.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    "The dead man was Debo Kumar Das, an attorney who doing carpentry work in his house when he was attacked"

    Who doing? Nice proofreading...

    January 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jmp38

    As an attorney, I have always been concerned about leopard attacks. Now my worst fears have been justified.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hello Kitty

      Leopard don't attack barracudas....as a rule.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lmao@ Hello Kitty.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

    Where the F is Johnny Weissmuller when you need him?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JoeZuf

    Its all "Haha" and jokes, until it happens to you.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      Cheezboyga, cheezboyga, cheezboyga, lighten up JZ.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. car1111

    I understood the leopard came back to finish him off. Who doing? What happened to the third?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JohnDHater

    These people are stupid!!!!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rebelswithoutacause

    Reblogged this on The Adventures of Jenna and Neil.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rebelswithoutacause

    Wow! O_o

    January 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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