Boy, three, is DECAPITATED by a leopard after it snatched the child in front of his mother inside their home in India – as animal claims its THIRD human victim
- Boy, three, snatched from home in India while standing next to his mother
- Wildlife officials found and returned Wasim Akram’s headless body to parents
- Akram’s death is third leopard killing in the Jammu region over last two months
A three-year-old boy has been found decapitated in northern India after being snatched from his home by a leopard.
Wasim Akram was attacked by the leopard while in the kitchen with his mother, and the predator pounced on the child and dragged him into the woods, officials said.
This is the third such killing blamed on the same leopard in the last two months, including an eight-year-old boy mauled to death in the area on December 7.
It was the third such killing blamed on the leopard in the last two months
Local officials in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir have sought ‘elimination orders’ from the state government.
In the meantime a team of wildlife officials equipped with tranquiliser guns have been scouring the area to spot the animal.
‘The leopard was spotted this morning but we could not trap it,’ Jammu regional wildlife warden Tahir Ahmad Shawl told AFP.
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Wildlife authorities have also issued advice for people in the area to stay safe from animal attacks.
‘This is a forested area and humans have entered into their (animals’) habitat and not the other way round. Therefore these incidents happen,’ Shawl said.
Official estimates suggest there are between 12,000 and 14,000 leopards in India.
An estimated 431 leopards were killed in 2017, according to government figures. Most were killed by poachers for their hides and body parts.
Urban expansion has reduced their numbers as forest habitats shrink, bringing them into closer contact – and conflict – with humans.
There are no figures on the number of humans killed by leopards, but experts say there are hundreds of deaths each year.
Last week a Buddhist monk was killed by a leopard while meditating in a forest in the western state of Maharashtra, the fifth such attack in the area this month.
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