Saturday 17 August 2019

Leopard attack thwarted by Dog in Darjeeling.

A Dog has thwarted a Leopard attack on its owner in the town of Sonada in Darjeeling District, West Bengal State, India. The incident happened on Wednesday 14 August 2019, when Aruna Lama, 58, heard a disturbance in a storage area beneath her kitchen, where the family kept some live Chickens. She went to investigate the noise, and when she opened the door, was pounced on by a Leopard, which seized her by the head and trying to drag her away. The Leopard quickly abandoned the attack when it was set upon by the family Dog, a four-year-old Tibetan Mastiff Cross called, Tiger, who was adopted by the family in 2017 after being found in a half-starved state. Confronted with the angry Dog the Leopard fled the scene, with Dog in pursuit, and has not been seen since, though officials from the Indian Forest Service are attempting to capture it for relocation.

Aruna Lama, 58, of Sonada in Darjeeling, saved from a Leopard attack by her Dog on 14 August 2019. Times of India.

Leopards are considered to be Vulnerable under the terms of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, with the Indian subspecies, Panthera pardus fusca, considered to be particularly vulnerable due to India's rapidly rising Human population, which has resulted in agriculture and other Human activities expanding into many former wilderness areas. For this reason the Indian Forest Service usually try to relocate Leopards that come into conflict with Humans to more remote areas, preferably within national parks, though the extent to which local people co-operate is variable.

Tiger, a four-year-old Tibetan Mastiff cross that saved his owner from a Leopard attack in Darjeeling on 14 August 2019. Times of India.

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