Thursday, April 03, 2014

Leopard kills 8-month-old girl in Junagadh village

Leopard kills 8-month-old girl in Junagadh village
The Times of India

A leopard mauled an eight-month-old girl to death in Lundhiya village of Visavadar taluka in Junagadh on Tuesday. Reena Buch's body was found some distance away from the place where she was attacked by the wildcat.

Forest department officials said the girl was attacked at around 3am as she slept with her parents in the open on the village outskirts. Her parents work as farm labourers and hail from Rajasthan. Forest officials have placed cages in the area to nab the leopard.

This was the second instance of an attack by wildcats in the last three days. On Sunday night, a lion had attacked an 18-year-old farm labourer Deepak Babariya in Agariya village in Rajula taluka of Amreli killing him on the spot.

Sources said at least eight people have been killed by wild animals in Junagadh and Amreli districts since January 2013. Wildlife conservationists said that man-animal conflicts have become a cause for concern in the region.

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