A boy mauled by a leopard is lucky to be alive after the animal let go of him as his mother gave chase.
According to local authorities, the unnamed child, about 5 years old, was sitting in a hut with his mother and siblings when he was rushed over by the big cat.
According to YP Singh, field director of Sanjay-Dubri National Park and Tiger Reserve in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the woman jumped up and chased the animal while screaming.
Like other national parks in India, Sanjay-Dubri has a core that is home to most species of wildlife. It is surrounded by a buffer zone where some people live with wild animals.
Singh said the family lives in the village of Badi Jhiriya, which is in the buffer zone of the reserve, which is not fenced.
Recounting the events that took place on November 30, Singh told CNN: “The woman was sitting in the hut with her children when the leopard came. It took the child and started running away when the woman came in. female chased him, screaming and more. people showed up so the leopard let go and ran away”.
The boy suffered minor injuries but has now made a full recovery, according to Singh.
“He wasn’t badly injured but the leopard’s teeth got stuck in him. He was taken to the hospital and he’s fine now,” he said.
Despite being called a tiger reserve, the park is home to a wide variety of animals including 32 species of mammals – among them leopards.
Singh said wildlife teams monitor the area, but added: “A leopard doesn’t care what the core or buffer zone is, there’s no fixed boundary for them.”
“These forests are monitored by rangers but cannot track every movement of the wildlife. You can only track the animals that have ears, otherwise the species,” he said. animals move freely”.
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, tweeted on Tuesday that the mother chased the animal for a kilometer.
He added: “This bravery in the face of death is an outstanding form of motherhood. Congratulations to the mother, Ms. Kiran Baiga on behalf of the people of the state.”