Leopard on the loose
July 20th, 2011
09:03 AM ET

Leopard killed after mauling six in India

Officers shot and killed a leopard after it strayed into a village and attacked six people in West Bengal, India, according to media reports.

The leopard attacked a woman and two men, The Australian reported.

People in the densely populated slum village of Prakash Nagar climbed onto rooftops as forestry officers pursued the big cat and vice versa, Sky News reported. Several attempts to tranquilize it failed.

Things seemed to calm down after the leopard sought refuge in bushes, but it leaped out at three officers, Sky News reported. An officer finally wounded the animal, and it later died at a veterinary clinic.

One forestry officer was reported critically injured.

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  1. jnuey

    good.. too many humans. That leopard was helping the rest of the world out. Do we need so many people living in the slums? Set a few more leopards loose in that place

    July 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      How about we start with you? That way, at least the world's average IQ will increase. Imbecile.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tony

    first of all dude..you are a total racist to be honest! each and every individual has as much as a right to live as you freak from the so called developed country! and take if a situation like this would have been happening to you, i am pretty sure you would be the first one to take a freaking gun out at shoot at the majestic creature. whereas, mindful forest rangers here tried to first tranquilise the creature and when that never worked out was when they shot at the leopard, to just slow him down, just was a sad luck that it died. So shut your crap egoistic nature and be more of a human first and consider what would you be doing when held on such ransom. I am pretty sure you would be wetting your pants firstly and then worshipping the damned creature!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jnuey

    good.. rather have these cats on earth then all this dirty slum people

    July 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Burbank

    That's unusual for a big cat to attack like that. Makes me wonder if it had rabies, or possibly old with bad teeth or couldn't hunt normally for some reason and came to the village to see if it could grab some easy to catch human babies, chickens, goats or pets. Just doesn't sound right. Something must have been wrong with it.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TrudyBird

      We have a large Cougar population here in the Pacific Northwest. Several years ago I went to a seminar given by two of our forest rangers regarding the cougar sightings that were happening frequently here. They had superb information and I learned a lot. The female cats tend to live longer because they fight less than the males. Usually the males injure or kill one another fighting over a female that's in heat. The younger males have it pretty tough. They may be inexperienced hunting, may be starving and wonder into a farm area and go after livestock; ending up being shot. Females tend to be more reclusive, especially if they have young ones to feed. They take them higher into the mountains. One of the forest rangers said they had tagged a female cougar 28 years earlier and they spotted her with some cubs at a very high elevation where they had re-located her years ago, just a few weeks before their seminar. She was still producing babies at nearly 30 years old. I thought the leopard looked smallish, which made me think it might be young and inexperienced around populated areas, while being very hungry. That would make an animal attack... especially if it felt trapped as well. It was a very sad thing to happen... to the people and to the leapord.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tim

    LOL, I knew some losers would get upset about that. Go fck yourselves, idiots.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    what a cute kitty!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • vtrweasel

      Yeah, and surprisingly good pictures in the "3rd world"

      July 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logan9773

      @VTR – American welfare at work!

      July 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TrudyBird

    Those people must have been terrified!!! It is VERY VERY sad this gorgeous creature had to die. I commend them for trying to tranqulize it. But it would have gutted and killed anyone in it's path. It must have been very hungry to attack people and know no fear. It had to be stopped... Those were brave men to do their best to stop it and attempt many times to trranquilze it. Wow... Can you imagine it coming after you with total intent to make you it's dinner. Their home is getting smaller and smaller...poor things. The world is getting out of balance faster all the time.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Van Krunk

      I missed the part about that leopard was starving and attacking humans for food. Orrrrrr maybe just wondered into town by mistake and was scared.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Summer

    These comments crack me up. You read the story, thank God you were not in his path and you go on with your lives.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kat

    1 billion, yes, 1 billion East Indians and maybe a couple of thousand leopards. This doesn't make sense. The world is over-populated with humans, yet we want it all...to hell with any other species.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ross

      If you don't like overpopulation than kill yourself.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • hfaskljdfh

      @ Ross
      "Like"
      lol

      July 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • AG

      Who are East Indians?

      July 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • You know

      Like the comedian Bill Burr said "I'm so pro swine flu it's unreal".

      July 20, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      Ross "likes" overpopulation.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hmmm

    Wow> Dude wish i could put you in cage with that cat or better yet those ppl then let them hear what you said.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Audrey

    Leave it to the humans to kill the animal....that's what humans do best – destroy our earth and all of the creatures that inhabit it.

    July 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Connor

      Yeah. God forbid these innocent people would want to protect themselves and their families from a rampant predator.

      July 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave836

      I would just love to see what you would do when a leopard jumps on your back...

      July 21, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Augusto

    It is a shame that the animal had to be put down. We as humans are to blame for this tragic event. We are invading their territory and destroying their habitat. I commend the brave animal services personnel for their efforts, however I cannot help but think that if they had been more prepared, they could have avoided their own injuries and would not have had to shot this marvelous creature.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stonedwhitetrash

    so sad that Leopard was someones grandparent.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LVL

    The official doesnt look like he's in critical condition to me, he's upright and walking.
    Its sad, but makes you wonder why they can aim to kill, but couldnt aim to tranquilize.
    Sad on all ends.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. eric

    Aw, that is too bad about the poor leopard. Can't they feed it some criminal instead of killing it?

    July 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
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