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. baba

    Its funny some of my american brothers think killing this leopard is wrong and these indians could have tried harder :). The leopard attacked them and bit someone's neck.. ouch.....

    July 20, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel M

      They're not really trying unless a few people actually get mauled to death.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I I would have shot the leopord the instant it made a threatening move. Why risk a life over a leopard that is obviously very aggressive and is most likely going to injure someone.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA

      The guy NOT wearing the helmet got it.

      Those who would put animals over people have lost their instinct of self-preservation. They are no longer allowed to breed because apparently animals are more important to them and I'm calling them out on it.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gary

    Save the animals spay and neuter the people

    July 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Amen! How many of these cats exist compared to the number of self important humans.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tuffyturf

      No doubt! Plus the Local govt. will sell the meat at market, and sell all the body parts to the asian's so they can make up some stupid medicine that doesn't work, further encouraging the black market trade in animal parts...

      July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      Like your parents should have been?

      July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmmmm

      totally:)

      July 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nature's Awe

      Love you're idea. The world would be such a better place if you had to get a permit to breed.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA

      Gary,
      Should we start with you?

      July 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Louise

    Poor critter. Yes the environment of so many animals is being destroyed – it's horrifying. They should have blow darted it and took it to the jungle.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      Caption on picture three: "Several attempts to tranquilize the leopard failed."

      July 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      grammar! oh, i weep for the future.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • B.C.

      That leopard was in the jungle. It's the shantytown that sprang up like an unbeatable fungus. If people consistently used birth control all over this planet (including right here in the USA), we could all live peacefully together. Stop invading the jungle. Shantytowns and suburbs are equally evil. No, I don't have any children and never will.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    that's one big kitty. Shame they had to shoot it, but a single leopard can do a lot of harm in a settled area, particularly at night time.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimzcarz

    Isn't there all kinds of extra cows to eat in India??

    July 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Achshar

      hmm we dont eat them here.. :O and if you are talking about the leopard eating cows instead of humans, then try convincing the leopard 😛

      July 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Yeah, maybe they could have done better than some guys in flip flops that can't button their shirts?

    July 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sheryl

    I have a nice jaguar jacket, but I really want a full-length leopard coat.
    Should I go to India to shop for it?

    July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRhodes410

      women always look great in fur

      July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Catherine in Tulsa

    I always root for the animal. There's not enough of them and too many of us.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I love cows. Great meat.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TRhodes410

    Hopefully one or more of the 6 victims was a Mooslim. If they were Hindu or Budist, prayers to the family.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Achshar

      lol you weren't serious.. right? coz if not then that would be hilariously racist.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Junebug

      Yes, Achshar. Becuase as everyone knows, Islam is a race.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Today

    Bad kitty :))

    July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike Leach

    Props to the dude standing on the top of the van with his gun staring point blank at the beast. He saved some serious lives.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Junebug

    Should read, "Slum wanders into leopard habitat, 6 injured."

    July 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex

    Probably could have avoided injury if they weren't WEARING SLIPPERS!!!!

    July 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Today

    Straight for the neck...good job kitty...they invaded your territory

    July 20, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name

      Everyone lives in some other species territory.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobbD

      Yes, it does seem that the animal just had enough.

      July 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
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