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. DonnyB4

    Sounds like Debo Kumar Das died from bad medical care.

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


      January 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      The guy was killed by a secondary attack. The animal returned for the final kill.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fred

    So instead of throwing the camera at the leopard or hitting it with the bicycle in the photo.......the person felt....it was better....to just ....watch .....and......take ......a....picture........and post it on the web.............WOW. The internet has officially killed humanity.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • letsbereal

      I agree...it is better to take a picture, than it is to save a man's life.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • nick

      so would you prefer the photographer dropped his camera, ran to the man, alarming the cat even more, and tried to pry the leopard off this man while getting both of them extremely injured in the process? at a time like this i'm surprised the photographer had the guts to take a picture and not run away, let alone get into a fistfight with an animal that could easily kill him.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. schmeeky

    Guns don't kill people. Leopards kill people.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2tired2care

      Actually guns kill hundreds of thousands of people and leopards kill a handful.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Bullets kill people.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Here kitty, kitty...

      Guns kill leopards.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Truth

    So we can kill babies, but not animals that attack people. Awesome.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2tired2care

      Truth hurts, huh.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexrn

      wrong political thread

      January 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caryn Clark-Helmer

      This was not in this country of America if you are referring to abortions. The entire world does not have equal laws/liberties.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • skeptic

      Sooo, where exactly can we "kill babies?"
      Oh, I get it. You are an anti-choice nutcase trying to force you agenda into a non-related story.
      Got it.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peaches

      How many leopards are there and how many children? You do the math!!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saboth

      Contrary to what most people believe, humans do not own this planet, and get to decide what other animal species get to live or die on a whim. Those cats lived there way before humans even existed.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • meme

      I agree with skeptic, we should have the choice to abort babies that will be liberal, lol

      January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      You win the award for most perfectly wrong post of the day. In the US, it is against the law to kill babies. That's called infanticide. It is not against the law to kill animals. That's called euthanasia.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sapsxy

    Some dumpass "animal lover's of india" will go at any length to protect these dangerous animals.Granted these animals have their habitats ruined,but still,a human life is worth more than some freaks of nature.Indian governments needs to start building jurassic park style "gated jungle parks" since their nation's population isn't going to come down anytime soon ; on the contrary-its expected to increase millions more within a decades.So,eventually all these wild animals of India will loose if such endeavours aren't taken.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leopardman

      In India leopards are valued higher than humans. Cows even higher.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      Your poor grammar and lack of intelligence just makes your comment seem simple and pretty dumb. Kill yourself SPAXY.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. freddy

    We must respect animals, especially when we invade thier territory. They only know thier nature. If people are going to live so close to these animals they should be aware of their surroundings and take percausions. Its not the animals fault that some humans are just ignorant and selfish. We must protect nature. God put them here for a reason. Not just to kill.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ProperVillain

    "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."
    Lesson learned: you can reason with people but not wild animals. It does not care that you are trying to save it. You are an opponent. You will be killed.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. george in texas

    india is a bad influence on usa with its animal right and human right stuff.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peaches

      I am indian. And proud of being one. We are only a bad influence on USA. You pal... are one on the human race!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J. Stewart

    Finally, someone did the right thing. Set the animal free in the wild where it belongs. Elsewhere, it would have been killed for the "crime" of killing a man.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PatrickO

    This is not unlike Mountain Lion habitat in parts of California where developers are extending city suburbs into primitive areas. There have been several recent cases where the lions, which are normally very elusive, have encountered and attacked lone joggers on mountain trails and in park-like areas. It is we who are invading and destroying their habitat just as white settlers did to Native Americans. Why is this surprising to anyone? It's happened throughout our history.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tony

    when are we going to admit, religious leaders and governmental leaders, that the biggest and most dangerous threat to the well being of all, including people and animals, of over-population. How much suffering and damage to the environment could be avoided with reasonable birth control? sad

    January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • YeahItsMe72

      I take it you are not planning any children then?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YeahItsMe72

    Such a beautiful animal.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AE Pucc

    Proper Villain:::: Kinda like the Republican Party!!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sunny lovetts

    Thats horrible... HUMANS NEED TO STOP TRYING TO CONTROL ANGRY ANIMALS. These kinda stories pop up far too often.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. lolz


    January 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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