Leopard suspected of eating 15 people in Nepal

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Police in Nepal believe a leopard like the one in this 2009 file photo may have killed up to 15 people in a 15-month period.

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A ferocious leopard may have killed 15 people in Nepal in a 15-month span, its latest victim a 4-year-old boy that the creature dragged away into the jungle to eat.

The head of boy was found in the forest a kilometer from his home Saturday morning, said Kamal Prasad Kharel, the police chief of the Baitadi district, an area about 600 kilometers (373 miles) west of Kathmandu.

The grisly discovery, which came after teams of people searched for the child, marks the 15th victim in the past 15 months in that remote district in western Nepal.

The police chief suspects that a single man-eating leopard is responsible for the deaths. If not, there are at most two of the man-eating creatures around, he believes.

Maheshwor Dhakal, an ecologist at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu, agreed that it is unusual to find more than one or two man-eating animals in one area. Most leopards live on wild prey.

More human victims could also be expected if there were more than one or two man-eaters around, he said.

"Since human blood has more salt than animal blood, once wild animals get the taste of salty blood they do not like other animals like deer," Dhakal said.

Kharel said he feared the actual number of people killed by the leopard could be higher than 15, because others have lost their life to leopard attacks in Uttarkhand state in northern India, which borders Baitadi district.

"It could be the same leopard," he said.

Of the 15 victims in Nepal so far, two-thirds are children below the age of 10. The others are older children and a 29-year-old woman who had gone to collect fodder for domestic animals in the nearby forest, a common practice in Nepal.

"No adult male has been killed," Kharel said.

All the victims are from villages bordering the dense forests in the district, he said.

After killing its victim, the leopard takes the body away into the forest to eat.

"In the case of the children it just leaves behind the head, eating everything, but some parts of the adult body are left behind because it cannot finish it," Kharel added.

The district administration has announced a Rs. 25,000 (about $300) reward to anyone who captures or kills the leopard.

The local administration has sought to raise public awareness of the dangers of going alone into nearby forests and has mobilized the police, armed police force and local people who have licensed guns to hunt for the animal.

Controlling this particular leopard has been a challenge for the wildlife officials in Kathmandu.

"We are sending a veterinary doctor to the district to understand the situation," Dhakal, the ecologist, said. "There is no alternative but to kill the leopard."

The chief district administrator has granted permission for this particular leopard to be killed. Normally, it is illegal to kill wild animals.

Leopards are common in the low mountain areas, as compared to the high Himalayas, across the country.
While cases of leopards killing domestic animals are common, and there are sometimes instances of leopards killing people in Nepal, this case is "extreme," Dhakal said.
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gleet

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Not even worthy of mention with the all-time greats.

The Leopard of Panar was a man-eating male leopard alleged to have killed and eaten as many as 400 people over a period of several years in Panar region of Almora District, situated in Kumaon Northern India in the early 20th century. The Panar Leopard was hunted down and killed in 1910 by famed big cat hunter and author Jim Corbett.
The Leopard of the Central Provinces, also known as the Devilish Cunning Panther, was a man-eating male Indian leopard which over the course of a couple of years, killed over 150 people, all women and children, in the Central Provinces of British India in the early 20th century.
The Leopard of Rudraprayag was a male man-eating leopard, reputed to have killed over 125 people. It was eventually killed by famed big cat hunter and author Jim Corbett.
The Leopard of Gummalapur, also known as the Spotted Devil of Gummalapur, was a man-eating Indian leopard responsible for the deaths of 42 people in the villages of Gummalapur and Devarabetta in southern Karnataka over an area of 250 square miles
"In the case of the children it just leaves behind the head, eating everything, but some parts of the adult body are left behind because it cannot finish it,"
I bet.
 

jules

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cant get mad at a leopard for being a leopard
its a fuckin miracle its only been about 15 in as many months.
 
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Makes sense... when my old cat used to kill a bird she never ate the heads...
 

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I'm sure not going to Kathmandu. Fuck Bob Seger.

Or

Kathmandu? They should call it Cat-man-don't or somethin'.
 

LiddyRules

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Now who's going to act all high and mighty about people doing Chip imitations?
 

Cunt Smasher

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I guess Shiva needed some slow running dot heads.
 

OilyJillFart

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Sounds like a lot, but it probably isn't any more than eating one or two Americans..
 

gleet

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Well fuck. If I could find that picture of the old Indian couple sitting in a boat, I would post it and make some moderately funny remark.
 
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Now who's going to act all high and mighty about people doing Chip imitations?
Not me. I encourage all chip jokes.







Also we need more Leopard's, to many Indian's as it is. Yes I know Nepal is above Indian in the mountains but same thing.