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Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena

Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena Sagaya Fernando   An elderly man and a biker escaped from the fangs of death after a striped hyena, a ferocious wild animal, sprang a surprise attack on them at Kharpudi village about 45 km from Pune city in Maharashtra (India) on September 6.   The elderly man carrying a bucket and accompanied by a dog was walking on the road along a thickly wooded area when suddenly the dog senses danger and backs away, while the hyena charged out of the bushes and started attacking him. Alarmed passersby jumped to his rescue, with a man armed with a stick started hitting the wild animal. The frightened hyena left its hold and escaped into the buses.   Earlier the same hyena attacked a man riding a bike claim the villagers.   In a twist to the tale, the hyena was later found dead by the villagers.   Deputy Conservator of Forests (Junnar Division) Jayaramegowda R said, “One elderly person and a biker were injured in the attack by a hyena in Kharpudi village. A

Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over

Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over


Sumesh Rajan
Mumbai


The quick reflexes of a train pilot who applied emergency brakes saved an elderly man walking on the rail track being run over in India.

70-year-old Hari Shankar was crossing the track from one platform to another at Kalyan station (near Mumbai in Maharashtra) even as 02193 Mumbai-Varanasi Special Train started departing from platform number 4.

From his seat in the train, the pilot couldn’t see Hari Shankar crossing the track just ahead of locomotive. But, the Chief Permanent Way Inspector Santosh Kumar who was at the platform noticed the movement of Shankar on the tracks and raised an alarm. Hearing the shouts, locomotive pilot S K Pradhan and assistant loco pilot Ravi Shankar G without any second thoughts applied the emergency brakes. By this time, the elderly man had come under the front portion of the engine and got stuck, but fortunately was unhurt.

The two loco pilots then jumped down and pulled the stunned bespectacled man out from under the engine, reassuring him repeatedly that he was safe, and calming him as he crawled out of what could have been certain death.

He was helped on his feet and apparently unhurt, taken a few feet away to rest, even as the railway officials gently counselled him to refrain from such acts.

“Uncle, you have escaped the jaws of death. Seeing you there, we were terrified. Please don’t walk on tracks like this,” one of the officials is heard saying in a video.

The railway authorities issued another appeal to citizens not to trespass on railway tracks since it can prove to be fatal. 







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