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. meme

    Only in India, where they will bury live baby girls, is an animal more important than a person. kinda shows you how righteous America is afterall.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yes righteos america....
      where people treat their pets better than their kids....
      but yes very valid point comparing a third world country to the USA who is quickly becoming a third world country with its failing infrastructure and christian taliban movement.........

      January 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Ridiculous comment. America is not 'righteous'...no country is. We are ALL people, ALL of us. Anyone who wants to put one nation 'above' another is self-righteous and extraordinarily ignorant. A man died after being attacked by leopard, that's sad. Any other comment only serves to put someone else down, make you feel better and make you think this can't happen to you because you see people in another country as less-than-human. Grow up.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nitin

      Thanks for your comment. If only we had more people like you

      January 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • wreames

      just because some Indians would bury a child alive doesn't mean they ALL think that way since they are from the same country, any more than you or I would agree on the same things because we're Americans.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    SAPSXY, you are an idiot! It's because of the "dumpass" people of this planet that are invading these animals' territory that forces them to roam where humans live (trust me, they prefer NOT to be around you and me in the first place)! The human race is careless, thoughtless, arrogant, ignorant (I can go on and on) about nature, if it's in THEIR backyard, get rid of it!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Royer

      I believe the phrase is survival of the fittest.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Bobinator

    The leopard didn't kill the man. The shoddy health care he received killed him.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Man is sent home from hospital and is found dead with blood everywhere. Are those doctors still on strike. Sounds like bad healthcare to me.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie T

      This is a very sad situation. It is hard to say why the animal attacked, but I suspect he was desperately hungry. I applaud the owner who protected this animal so he could to a preserve. It is a shame the injured man was allowed home – he was scalped, for Pete's sake! Had the hospital kept him at least overnight, perhaps longer, he may have survived.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      An increasing number of Americans are going to Mumbai for surgery etc. and find the standard of expertise and care there top-notch (for medical tourism). This is in a remote, rural area where standards are probably much lower.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    This makes me glad I'm in America. There is little to no chance of a leopard walking up on me while I'm working on the house.. I've seen a mountain lion, near a lake about 30 miles away. But no leopards..

    January 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numyorangay

      But mountains lions and wild cats and bears have attacked, wandering from their habitats into residential areas. I am glad you have never been attacked and have compassion for those who have. . .this does happen in America.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JomoDaMusicMan

      very little difference if a cougar or a leopard is hungry both will kill a human within a few seconds and have them a meal

      January 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Stearman

      Don't tell me. You live in a city in the Northeast, don't you?


      January 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vipin

    Look at the guy's hand..he too is fighting like a tiger...bravo man...some people can get heart attack just by looking at this big cat attacking..and I pity people criticizing other just for the sake of it. Just put yourself in his position and then have guts to criticize him.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I had not laughed as much for a very long time as I did at the two "kitty" lines. My stomach hurts from laughing.
    Almost equally laughable is the stance that humans should not build where there are animals. Leave animals some space, but people come first.
    If the big cats come back to make amends, shoot them.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guy on a Buffalo

    I would have punched that couger in the face! Git out of here kitty cat!!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deb

    Oh well....keep another wild animal trapped....idiots.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe dillinger

    If there's one thing you'll quickly learn it's that leopards and snakes can't really be tamed, so you're better off showing them in cages.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      You and the animals are better off leaving them in their own habitat. They are wild animals not house pets. It's not fair to them.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. migz

    that leopard didn't go crazy. that leopard went leopard.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. studdmuffins

    Scratching India off my list of potential retirement spaces.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      No pun intended – right studmuffins?

      January 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marcrates

    That leopard really needs to work on its form. Any halfway decent boxer could easily catch him with left hook right there. Lights out, leopard.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcrates

      @Rocky – Can you hold the camera for me?

      January 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. indian doctors

    for the win, Alex.

    January 9, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff is a jerk

    The leopard should eat YOU, except it would then need Pepto Bismol from all that lard.

    Leopard: Bleurrrghh ackkk

    January 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dike

    In the us this zoo keeper in Ohio opened up the cages of 48 exotic animals and the cops killed ALL the animals which included
    * 1 wolf
    * 6 black bears
    * 2 grizzly bears
    * 17 lions
    * 1 baboon
    * 3 mountain lions
    * 18 Bengal tigers
    all for protecting people..... In India it is the other extreme, maybe that is the right way to go because we have exploded in population and taking all the space and kill any creature on the way, no questions asked....

    January 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • JaneDoe

      And, in Texas a 15 year old child with a pellet gun was shot and killed by Texas police officers.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      That's because people in India understand that animals are just that animals. They will act unpredictably and should not be punished for being animals. The men in Ohio, just like anywhere in America, enjoy killing things; of course they will never admit that.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohsnap

      I think you have your stories mixed up. There was a man (not a zoo keeper) who had those animals on his private property. Just before he committed suicide, he turned them loose into a populated neighborhood. The police brought in Jack Hanna, a well known wild animal expert who concurred with the police...shooting the animals was the only way to deal with the situation. Here is the link to the video...http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/jack-hannah-escaped-wild-animals-ohio-14767710. Police and Mr. Hanna, even neighbours were heartbroken that that action had to be taken.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Police, the world over, are so steroided and high on testosterone that they are just aching to shoot something.

      As I teach my children, police are *not* your friend. I've never met one with which you could have even just a normal conversation.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nuh

      Sad news. Glad to hear that they didn't kill the leopard, though. The more of those we can have on this planet, the better.

      January 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • hogie

      Joe – you have children?! oh no.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
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