VERAVAL (JUNAGADH): Timely action by a woman saved the life of her two-and-a-half-year-old son from a leopard in Indroi village near Veraval on Friday night.
According to the forest department, the incident occurred at about 9.30 pm inside the compound of a farmhouse owned by Dinesh Dodiya in Vadi area on Ishwariya Road in the village.
“Doidya’s son Dishant was playing in their courtyard, while his family members were taking supper, when a leopard pounced upon him. Seeing this, Dodiya’s wife Rasila rushed to her son’s rescue, shouting for help. Her cries alerted labourers in the farm who gathered at the site, following which, the big cat left the boy and vanished back into the forest,” said round forester VS Aparnathi.
The incident left the boy with claw injuries on his back, following which, he was rushed to the primary health centre, where doctors said his wounds were not serious and would heal soon. Meanwhile, the forest department has installed several cages with live baits in them around different places near the site of the incident to catch the big cat.
“Ishwariya Road is becoming infamous as leopard road, as the sight of the spotted big cats is a common occurrence at sundown,” said a source from the forest department.