21 Jul '11, 3am

Leopard mauls 11 in fierce fight at Indian village via @cmswire

Leopard mauls 11 in fierce fight at Indian village via @cmswire

A leopard attacks a forest guard at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. -- PHOTO: AP KOLKATA (India) - A SNARLING leopard mauled 11 people in an Indian village and terrorised wildlife officials trying to drive it away before it was tranquillised and died of injuries from the fierce showdown. Forestry officials were forced to flee, dive for cover and even climb up on a jeep to escape the adult, male leopard's attacks in West Bengal state. At one point, the big cat leapt through the air, fangs bared, and tackled a man, clutching him in its giant paws as it knocked him off the wall he was standing on. The wildlife officials - wearing protective helmets and carrying batons and tranquilizer guns - had hope...

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