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. PeterPan

    In the 2nd photo, the dudes standing on the edge look like they're thinking "If you need help just me know. You appear to doing fine on your own." Unbelievable restraint not to kill the animal initially. In N.A. we tend to shoot the bears or moose wandering into our neighborhoods immediately.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Department of Labor

    Anybody can look up the 2010 Department Of Labor report on child and adult forced labor. Hmmm was not lying about it. China and India still engage in the practice and some American companies still support it willingly or through ignorance. All you people worried about hurting someone's feelings are misguided. Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi are on this report and encouraged it's development. You can call someone all the partisan names you want, but these are facts.

    July 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sebastian

    I like animals as much as the next guy but the minute an bear, gator, shark, lion, cougar, leopard thinks they can take out a human, I'm all for hunting the whole bunch and putting the fear of God back in them. Let the ones that survive the hunt speak "leopard-talk" to those that remain – "Don't phuck around with those humans".

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

      You are an absolute moron. Seriously. It frightens me it is so true. Yea; because that is exactly what would happen. I am scratching my eyes out in frustration at your ignorance.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loriel

      And believe me; we have done enough of that already to get the, "don't phuck with humans" message across. I am now screaming into my desk drawer to muffle it because of your idiocy.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JPX

    One more reason never go to India.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slash

      What are the other reasons? This just shows how ignorant you are!

      July 20, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • UStink

      One other reason is because everyone over there smells like Slash – very stinky.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ram

      Smart guy. Please tell that to Hillary Dont come to India. We dont want you.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dick Cheney

    @al sullivan: I know where you live and I've got me an AA-12 automatic shotgun with a 30 round drum clip loaded with birdshot and rock salt..

    July 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Avatar

    Aewah has heard you! Fight back against the Ground People!

    July 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. G-UNIT

    DOWN KAREN

    July 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. old school

    no wonder I couldn't get any one in tech support yesterday .. they were all standing on the roof ...

    July 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      they need to do like facebook and just put in a "like" button! LIKE

      July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ILL WILL

    Can we make him into a rug? I need one for the basement when it rains.....

    July 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Jesus is the answer. He is the ONLY way to the Father in Heaven. Believe, repent and be saved!

    July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. William

    Stop encroaching on wildlife habitat. Stop over-breeding and such encounters will cease to occur. Leopards are rare and beautiful creatures that need protection and not elimination. Damn it!

    July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • UStink

      Unless you live in a tree, William, you should probably put a cork in it.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Loriel

    Let's home that they will not go out and trap a leopard to be burned alive as retaliation. The small villages in India have done that several times in the last couple of months. They included a black panther, burned alive; a very small infant elephant beaten to death by the village men; and another leopard; burned to death while alive. I saw the video of the elephant; it screamed as they beat it and then set it's back on fire and stoned it while it burned until it died. Evil at it's best. I should say; ignorance at it's best. . I will hope that they attempt to show restraint in this case. We encroach on their land; this is what we get.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shubho

      Loriel: Stop watching horror movies.
      And oh, maybe you should consider not lying on the internet....because you come across as an ignorant moron. That can't be good...even for you.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Stupid Indian's they deserve it

    July 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ram

      LOL. Jobless guy.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry Springer

      Congratulations Mark!!.....you just won yourself an invite to be on my TV show!!!

      July 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ILL WILL

    I think the leopard would make a nice pair of underwear as well....might as well get something out of the deal.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Susan

    I so agree with you. Will the people of the world ever wake up to the fact that we can't keep producing so many children? There's not enough space for everyone now! Over-population causes most of our global problems. We might even have world peace if there was enough room for everyone. So far the animals and the forests have been paying the price of our selfishness.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hemant Rana

      Indians have been living there for thousands of year and that is the impact they have on environment with "limited land". Think about what the immigrants in 450 years of history in USA. What Indian population has done to India is nothing compared to what USA has done in 450 years of history to their own environment and that of the world. So stop preaching about environment to the people who used to respect it before industrialization and still respects it more than the so called modern culture who started over polluting the environment. Give the same amount of land to US population and the impact of population on environment will be multiple compared to India.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • History Teacher

      OK Mathew Patel, Pirates are not in this year but poachers are. Noone asked for a lesson so stop preachin.

      July 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat The World

      Thank you for referencing the best movie of all time.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Really ? My 13 year old and his goofy friends liked it. Maybe you aim for more mature material.

      July 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat The World

      See, I'm 23, and I got all the references it was making, so yes, I enjoyed that movie. I'm also a big fan of the books too.

      What do you suggest as "mature" movies? I'm sorry that me being entertained by something means you have to condescending because you didn't.

      July 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      India “respects its environment” more than the US the same way someone bound to a wheelchair puts less wear on his shoes.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      Don't you mean YOUR selfishness? Those people are just trying to survive. You on the other hand use a technology and culture that has proven to be devastating to the environment and other cultures around the world. They're just trying to survive on YOUR leavings. You on the other hand are selfish enough to spend your time whining about them using a device that is the result of decades of environmental abuse. Interesting.

      July 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      We also need to stop producing so many leopards.

      July 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Ahhh sounds like a vote for a global war.......Herd needs to be thinned

      July 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Amen to the human over- population problem. Now if only we could convince people that breeding like crazy is not their God-given right and that they should use birth control.

      July 20, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tia

      your an ass. now go get mauled by a leopard and say that

      July 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty77

      Susan – you are singing my song! Can't understand the dumb churches that oppose birth control, abortion etc when people are starving. Further, it's o.k. to blow a living breathing human to bits but not a glob of tissue. The planet is procreating itself to oblivion!

      July 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
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