Leopard kills boy in second attack in India

Five-year-old boy is thought to be the animal's second victim in Chhattisgarh state, police say.

    Leopard kills boy in second attack in India
    Conservationists say leopards are at risk of extinction due to poaching and loss of habitat [File: Al Jazeera]

    A leopard has killed a five-year-old boy in central India in what is thought to be the beast's second such deadly attack, police have said.

    The animal attacked the boy on Monday evening while he was going to the toilet in the courtyard of his home in Mendrapara village in Chhattisgarh state, said senior district police officer Vijay Pandey on Wednesday.

    His family raised the alarm after seeing the animal drag the boy away, sparking a search by villagers who discovered the body, Pandey told AFP news agency.

    He said the same beast killed a 10-year-old boy last December near Ram Tekri village in the same area, and is also believed to have attacked livestock.

    "The forest department has already launched a massive haunt to capture the leopard," he said.

    The area where the attacks occurred is close to the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, home to some 12 tigers as well as leopards.

    About a third of Chhattisgarh is forested, but destruction of native habitat and encroaching villages result in increasing contact between wild animals and humans.

    India's leopard population was put at 1,150 in a census in 2011. But conservationists have warned it is at risk as a result of rampant poaching for leopard skins.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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