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. Onja Ratianarivo

    Madagascar need such animal to protect their forest ! the famous bois de rose wiil be exported if not,

    July 21, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • acidtongue

      Salute to the brave animal – fighting off bad men with guns. Too many humans infringing on their habitat. I can't blame it to go nuts!

      July 21, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mort


      July 21, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • jennifer

      Why does Robin say the lepeord died of it being tranqulizied not shot? which is it. or a cover up to not sound so inhumane.

      July 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. lolwut

    "People in the densely populated slum village of Prakash Nagar climbed onto rooftops as forestry officers pursued the big cat and vice versa"


    July 21, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa


      July 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunil

      Hahaha Best comment ever!!! Poor cat and poor dude who got injured...

      July 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zynga

    Why don't they pay internet trolls in US some Zynga currency for their stupid comments on news websites? At least that way they can be made employable!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Beastman13

    The first picture of the slide show is intense. The look in that cat's eyes is breath taking in both a good and bad manner. Sad to see a creature's habitat get encroached on and when it tries to protect itself it gets killed in the process. Tis the way of life, survive.

    July 21, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cee

    people: still the dumbest thing on the planet

    July 21, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ron

    The leopard should be given an award for saving 6 American jobs.

    July 21, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |


    July 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. DoubleW

    Too many people! Unless you believe an ever-expanding human population will be able to eat rocks, breathe methane and drink sewage, we are going to have to get a handle on birth control! What kills nature will also kill us.

    July 21, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. MiltonWAD

    With all due respect to the man injured, how do you turn your back from a leopard thats a foot away?

    July 21, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. MiltonWAD

    The tranquilizing sedative must have been skimmed for monetary purposes somehow...An issue that is prevalent in pharmacies, hospitals, and Lord knows where else...And why is the man closest to the leopard with the least protective gear!?

    July 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Viral Tees

    Hilarious t-shirt about this Leopard!


    July 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. steven

    I just saw this story on cnn and I could have sworn I heard the woman reporting claim that the leopard survived and was released back into the wild. Did anyone else see that report just after 2pm EST?

    July 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jessicaber

    If you scroll up on this thread some one else complains that this is bad reporting and that the leopard survived. So I do not know what you guys are getting at...

    July 23, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. evy


    July 24, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Any animal that attacks a human Must Be Killed! I and anyone with a brain would shoot the dog or other vicious beast before it bit or attacked me! Vicious animals must be stopped, especially if they are a threat to human life!

      July 25, 2011 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Andy T.

      There's a significant difference between an animal that attacks out of defense of itself, it's young, or it's territory, and an animal that proceeds to leave it's environment and seek out/attack humans. This leopard ventured into a crowded place and attacked multiple people. Such behavior is NOT natural and warranted the animal's termination. The bright side is that no human life was lost. It's a tragic story, but, thankfully, it doesn't happen every day. You read stories all the time of bear attacks, or other predator attacks, where people venture into the ANIMAL's home, and people are hurt. In those cases, more often than not, the animal isn't destroyed.
      Wildlife Conservation/Biology Major.

      July 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bipin Dave

    I don't know what you are talking about. This is nature at its finest. Survival of the fittest in it's truest form. If the leopard wants to survive, stay away from humans or learn how to use a gun.


    August 5, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
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