Leop­ard at­tacks guide

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SA­FARI guide sur­vived a leop­ard at­tack while view­ing g wildlife with tourists at South Africa’s famed Kruger Na­tional Park.

The guide was driv­ing an n open- topped ve­hi­cle when n his group spot­ted the an­i­mal l and stopped for a bet­ter view.

Park of­fi­cials said the ani- mal “cun­ningly dis­ap­peared” ” from view and then made a sur­prise at­tack, pounc­ing on the guide’s arm.

Wit­nesses said the leop­ard tried to jump into the car, re­sist­ing ef­forts by pas­sen­gers to fend it off.

Another park vis­i­tor rammed the big cat with the door of his car.

“It is sus­pected that t the leop­ard was fight­ing with another one as its hind was badly in­jured,” said park spokesman Wil­liam Mabasa. “The other leop­ard watched from a dis­tance.” The leop­ard suf­fered fur­ther in­juries when the guide ac­ci­den­tally re­versed onto it as he sped away. The guide sus­tained deep cuts and bites to the arm.

The an­i­mal was later put down.

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