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21 April 2024

Video: Leopard attacks man in India

By Reuters

A leopard entered a village in eastern India's West Bengal state on Thursday, creating chaos and panic amongst villagers.

Video taken by a witness at the site shows the leopard attacking a man trying to scare it away with a stick.

The animal strayed into Mechua village in Paschim Medinipur district from a nearby forest, attacking three people. All three were rushed to hospital for treatment.

"A leopard entered our village. It pounced on me when I was looking at the animal like everyone else who was standing there," said Ambuj Mahato, one of the injured villagers.

Police and forest officials rushed to the area to search for the leopard, but were unable to find it.

The destruction of wild habitats in the country is one of the main reasons for humans and wild animals coming into conflict. Wild animals like leopards and panthers often stray into inhabited areas in India in search of food.