Leopard killed after it attacks farmer

A female leopard was killed following a scuffle with a a farmer at Sidhkothi village in Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, according to the Times of India. Dinesh, the farmer, was cutting grass in his field when the animal pounced on him.

Ajit Singh, a relative of Dinesh, said when the victim was struggling with the animal, he thrust his arm into her mouth and started crying loudly. He kept the arm inside the mouth which almost choked her to death.

Meanwhile, other people listened to his cries and reached the spot. The leopard tried to escape into bushes, but the villagers killed her with stones and sticks. Since the leopard attacked as she was not keeping well. Otherwise these animals do not attack people normally, said the villagers.

Sundernagar divisional forest officer Pardeep Thakur said the incident happened in Sidhkot forest of Baldwada range. “I don’t know how she died, but in the postmortem report, she was found injured, ill and old,” he added. Dinesh suffered minor injuries.

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