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Motorists’ narrow escape from charging elephant

Motorists’ narrow escape from charging elephant Sumesh Rajan 25 November 2021 With widespread human expansion into the far reaches of jungles in the name of development, and wildlife facing shrinking habitats, man-animal conflicts are on the rise.  This endangers both the wildlife and human beings alike. Roads passing through forest areas are prone to such encounters.   In one such instance, a motorist driving on a road on the forest stretch near Athirappilly in Kerala state of India, in the night had a scare when a tusker came charging at his vehicle. The video taken by the person accompanying the vehicle driver presents a scary picture. As the vehicle passes through the unlit road, vehicles coming from the opposite side speed off in a hurry sending alarm bells in the car’s occupants, one of whom shouts at the driver to back down as a tusker comes charging at them.   The driver slows down, and immediately reverses the vehicle even as the elephant comes charging. Luckily, though it was

Elderly woman escapes the deadly claws of crouching, hidden leopard

Elderly woman escapes the deadly claws of crouching, hidden leopard

 

Sumesh Rajan

Mumbai: 30 September 2021

 

An elderly woman in India, survived a deadly attack by a crouching and hidden leopard.

 

The incident took place at the wooded Aarey Milk Colony area of Mumbai, on September 29 night.

 

CCTV captured the entire event that unfolded outside 55-year-old Nirmaladevi Rambadan Singh’s house at around 7.45 pm.

 

Just like the movie name ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ which in itself is a literal translation of a Chinese idiom which describes a place or situation that is full of unnoticed masters, the leopard saunters in the bushes near the woman’s home.

 

It crouches and lays in wait. In a few minutes, the woman using a walking stick comes out of her home to get a breath of fresh air and sits on a ledge without knowing the lurking danger.

 

In a few seconds, the crouching leopard pounces on her. Panic stricken, the elderly woman falls back, but tries to stave off the attack with her walking stick and shouts for help. The confused leopard then backs off and rushes back into the bushes, disappearing into the night’s darkness, as the woman’s family members rush out to her help.

 

Nirmaladevi was clawed on her jaw and her back by the leopard, and is said to be stable.

 

Before this, in a similar incident, a four-year-old boy had to be rescued by the locals when a leopard tried to drag him away from near his house.

 

In a previous incident, a three-year-old boy had been attacked by a leopard.




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